RAIPUR: Union minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh said on Saturday the Centre’s new land acquisition law will defeat Maoist influence in tribal areas as guerrillas have always exploited land acquisition issues to spread their base.
“Proper implementation of the new law will help counter the Naxalites in Chhattisgarh,” he said.
Describing the new law as historic, the union minister said that the UPA government brought the new law to replace the 119-year old Land Acquisition Act, which was misused by governments in many states by invoking the urgency clause. He said compensation for acquiring land has been increased and the law also addressed concerns of farmers whose livelihoods are dependent on land.
“This is the first national law on rehabilitation and resettlement of families displaced by land acquisition. The retrospective clause is of importance to Chhattisgarh where largescale acquisitions have taken place in the last decade. The provisions will be effective in all cases where compensation has not been given after acquisition,” he said.