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From 50 Years Ago: Government as 'Land Agents'

In And Around Lok Sabha from Vol XIV, No 35, September 1, 1962.

The Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill and the Planning Debate were the two important features of last week. There was a sharp difference of opinion between right and left wing Congressmen over the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill...The socialistic-minded Congressmen were more in agreement with the PSP and the Communist Members than with the Government that the passing of the Bill would empower the Government to acquire land for a private company, with the explanation that such acquisition was necessary “in the interest of the general public’’ as specified in the Amendment...that the Government would become “land agents” of the private industrialists for whose benefit the legislation may be used.

The Amendment had become necessary to enlarge the scope of the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 after the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of R L Aurora vs the State of U P (1962). As the judgment may have invalidated the previous acquisition of land by various States for companies engaged in industries...the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Ordinance (1962) was promulgated on July 20, 1962.

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