Government issues statutory order on Land Bill

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The Government late on Friday evening issued a statutory order on Land Bill and will not now need to re-promulgate the land ordinance. Current land ordinance is set to lapse on August 31, 2015. Retaining only one of the provisions contained in the emergency law, the executive order drops the eight remaining ones. The one amendment that will be retained is the compensation for land acquired under the 13 Acts, such as the SEZ Act, the Coal Mining Act, which will now be under the 2013 Land Law.

The order extends benefits of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (RFCTLARR Act) to 13 acts, which were so far not eligible for high compensation and rehabilitation under this law. The 13 Acts include 13 Coal Bearing Areas Acquisition & Development Act, 1957,  and National Highways Act, 1956 and Land Acquisition (Mines) Act, 1885.

THE 13 CENTRAL LEGISLATION
■ Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 ■ Atomic Energy Act, 1962 Damodar Valley Corporation Act, 1948 ■ Indian Tramways Act, 1886 ■ Land Acquisition (Mines) Act, 1885 ■ Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978 ■ National Highways Act, 1956
■ Petroleum and Minerals Pipelines (Acquisition of Right of User in Land) Act, 1962 ■ Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property Act, 1952 ■ Resettlement of Displaced Persons (Land Acquisition) Act, 1948 ■ Coal BearingAreas Acquisition and Development Act, 1957 ■ Electricity Act, 2003 ■ Railways Act, 1989