Joint Parliamentary Committee for Land Bill holds 1st Meeting in New Delhi

New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): Joint committee of lawmakers from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha met in New Delhi to look into the contentious land acquisition Bill.

The Bill, which seeks to make it easier for industry to buy farmland, ran into widespread protests by farmers across the country. India’s opposition parties, which have actively criticized the Bill, forced the central government to refer it to a joint parliamentary panel on May 12 for further debate.

The 30-member committee, headed by BJP leader S.S. Ahluwalia, held its first meeting on Friday. Sharad Yadav, a member of the committee and a lawmaker in Rajya Sabha spoke after the introductory meeting.

The panel has 20 members from Lok Sabha and 10 members from the Rajya Sabha. Farmers from across the country have staunchly opposed the land Bill, which seeks to take away their land without their consent.

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