Govt to ensure Bhatta-Parsaul incidents do not recur

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New Delhi: Assuring all steps to prevent incidents like Bhatta-Parsaul land-row, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Monday said the Centre plans to introduce amendment to the Land Acquisition Act in the next session of Parliament to protect farmers.

"Yesterday, UPA Chairperson mentioned that in this session, we would like to bring (amendment to) the Land Acquisition Bill, where the farmers interest will also be protected. This type of situation will not be repeated," Pawar told reporters here when asked about his views on the Bhatta-Parsaul incident.

Farmers` agitation against land acquisition at Bhatta-Parsaul villages in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh turned violent, leading to the death of four people including two policemen early this month.

The incident led to a political uproar with Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi visiting the area in support of farmers. Gandhi, who was arrested and released later, took up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Last week, Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had said that consultation process on the draft amendment bill would be completed by May-end after which it would be sent to the Law Ministry for vetting.

"We will talk to all those who have made separate recommendations in this regard. We will complete the talks by the month-end after which we will send the draft to Law Ministry from where it will go to the Cabinet," he had said.

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