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Ganesh Singh appointed Head of Joint Parliamentary Committee for Land Acquisition Bill

Jul 23, 2016 09:01 IST

Ganesh SinghBJP Lok Sabha member Ganesh Singh on 22 July 2016 was appointed the new Chairperson of the Joint Committee of Parliament examining the Land Acquisition Bill.

Singh replaced S S Ahluwalia, who became Minister of the State for Parliamentary Affairs in reshuffle of the council of ministers on 5 July 2016.

After the appointment, Singh will have to move a resolution in the Lok Sabha seeking the seventh extension of the term of the panel.

Who is Ganesh Singh?

Ganesh Singh is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha of India.

He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) political party.

He represents the Satna constituency of Madhya Pradesh.

About The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015

The Bill amends the principal Act passed in 2013.

The Bill enables the government to exempt five categories of projects from the requirements of: (i) social impact assessment, (ii) restrictions on acquisition of multi-cropped land, and (iii) consent for private projects and public private partnerships (PPPs) projects.

The five categories of projects are defence, rural infrastructure, affordable housing, industrial corridors, and infrastructure.

The Act deemed the head of a government department guilty for an offence by the department.  The Bill removes this, and adds the requirement of prior sanction to prosecute a government employee.

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