Notably, as reported by The Times of India, Mrs. Gandhi while expressing her displeasure has made it clear to the government that she will not accept anything below 80%.
In the GoM meeting, the defence minister and senior congress leader AK Antony had said that the consent clause to acquire land for the private projects should be 90%.
In the original draft also, it was 80%, which has been later modified to 67%, in the wake of the concerns expressed by the industrial sector. The industries were of the view that 80% consent clause will make it almost impossible to acquire land for private projects. After that the 80% has been changed to 67%.
The Congress Supremo has also made it clear that consent threshold could be diluted to 67% only for acquisition for Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects if the ownership of the land stayed with the government.
The 80% clause will surely irk industries but they shall have to cope with it as the Congress president feels that dilution of land bill will not reflect a good image of the party in rural areas, especially among the farmers.
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