Nagpur: The city unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday termed the Ordinance on Land Acquisition Act pushed by Central Government as anti-farmers and anti-poor and demanded immediate cancellation of it. In a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to Nagpur District Collector the AAP said that the previous UPA Government had changed the draconian 1894 Land Acquisition Act of British regime and brought a new Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Act in a bid to provide justice to farmers to some extent. But the Ordinance on the Act pushed by Modi Government is anti-farmers and anti-poor, said Devendra Wankhede, Convener of AAP, Nagpur District.
The AAP specifically targeted the promulgation of the ordinance making significant changes in the Land Acquisition Act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence. “We won’t accept the black land ordinance of the central government. The amendments are “disturbing” as they would encourage forcible eviction. Although industries are an important part of any economy and proper facilities are must for them but they should not be at the cost of farmers,” asserted the AAP leader and demanded immediate cancellation of the new Ordinance on Land Acquisition Act. “If the Modi Government failed to meet our demand an intense agitation will be launched against it,” warned AAP.