New Delhi: The land acquisition ordinance, which the government could not get converted into law in the Rajya Sabha because of stiff opposition, was promulgated again on Friday, a day before it is to lapse.
President Pranab Mukherjee has signed the ordinance as recommended by the Union cabinet on March 31, official sources said. The earlier ordinance is to lapse on Saturday as it has not been converted into a law during the first part of the budget session as required under the Constitution.
The fresh ordinance, which is the 11th by the Narendra Modi government, incorporates nine amendments that were part of the Bill passed in Lok Sabha last month. It is pending before the Rajya Sabha where the ruling National Democratic Alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party lacks the numbers to get it passed.
The pending measure, titled Right to Fair Compensation & Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation & Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, sought to replace the ordinance that was promulgated in December.
The Opposition was not in a mood to oblige the government and mounted a strong campaign against it. Led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the Opposition parties demanded the passage of the land bill that was passed when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance was in power.
The government had the Rajya Sabha prorogued last week so that the ordinance could be promulgated again.
Under the Constitution at least one of the Houses has to be prorogued for the Government to issue an ordinance.
Parliament is currently on a month-long recess after the Budget session started on February 23.
The land ordinance was among the six executive orders issued by the government between sessions. While five of them were cleared by Parliament, the land measure is stuck.