Land reforms bill: CM to meet Prez to seek assent

Land reforms bill: CM to meet Prez to seek assent
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced that he would meet the President to seek his assent for Karnataka’s land reforms bill which provides for giving agriculture labourers rights over houses built on land not belonging to them.

The Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was passed unanimously in both the Houses of the legislature, has been referred to the President for his assent. A provision to sanction financial compensation to land owners who part with the houses has to be made. The government would have to pay the compensation.

As soon as the Legislative Assembly met on Friday, P Rajeev (BSR Congress) made a vain bid to move a privilege motion against the government for not giving effect to the bill which was passed unanimously by the legislature. He said it is an insult to the House that the bill went back to the advocate general (AG) for his opinion after it was passed by the legislature.

Rajeev, supported by a section of the members, said the government should have taken the AG’s opinion before bringing the bill to the legislature. The government had claimed that it was a revolutionary bill. Vested interests are probably scuttling the implementation of the bill, he charged.
Leader of the Opposition Jagadish Shettar wondered why the bill went for legal scrutiny after it was passed by the legislature.

In his reply, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said the law department had told the revenue department, which brought in the bill, that the President’s assent would be required. “We sent the bill to the AG to seek his opinion whether it should go to the President. We had done a lot of home work. The governor has given his approval for sending it to the President. Due to technical reasons, there is some delay. May be, in a month’s time, the bill would become law.”

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