BHUBANESWAR: Social campaigner Medha Patkar here on Tuesday said any move to change the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, by the Narendra Modi government will be strongly opposed.
Addressing a news conference, Patkar said there are indications from various quarters that the Centre is planning to amend the ?consent' and ?social impact assessment (SIA)' provisions in the Act. "It is completely unacceptable and will face tough opposition across the country," Patkar said.
Patkar said people's movements across the country had forced the UPA II to make the 2013 Act.
"It will be a retrograde step as it will take us back to colonial process of forced land acquisition," she said and demanded establishment of a national resettlement and rehabilitation commission to deal with grievances of people, who lost their land and livelihood due to land acquisition in the name of development.
Patkar said National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), a group of people's organizations, will create awareness about Section 24(2) of the Act under which land owners are entitled to higher compensation if not paid the amount for land acquired under the previous Act (1894). The acquisition too is deemed to have lapsed in such cases, she added.