The Mission, that was announced last year to replace UPA government's PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) initiative, aims at improving the quality of life of people by involving the government this time.
Having arrived at a unanimous agreement on six key issues, including on bringing back the consent clause and social impact assessment in the land acquisition law, the Committee aims to finalise its view on three other issues at its August 10 meeting.
Rural Development Minister Birender Singh said the government has from the very beginning maintained that it has no objection in accepting good suggestions from any institution, political leader, political party or farmers.
The law has been criticised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a "living example of Congress's failure". "A policy decision has been taken that if a family requires 150 days of work under MNREGA in a drought affected region, it should be provided.
Congress on Wednesday ruled out withdrawing its members from the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Land Bill, asserting that the party would put forth its views on record.
The Union Cabinet will have to ratify the re-issuance of the ordinance before it goes to the President for his assent.
In his letter, he claimed that the Bill is pro-farmers and assured that he is ready to discuss it on any forum. According to sources, Gadkari has been given the responsibility by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for gaining consensus of the Opposition on the Land Bill.
Government has decided to bring 11 official amendments such as limiting the industrial corridor to one kilometre on both the sides of the highways and railway lines, compulsory employment to one member of the affected family of farm labourers, hearing and redressal of grievances at the district level, acquisition of bare minimum of land
The original Act required the consent of at least 70 percent of land owners in the area where land is to be acquired for such projects.
After a meeting of leaders of parties, sources in the government said that notwithstanding the stiff opposition of Congress, government will move ahead with consideration and passage of the bill today for which eight hours have been allocated for discussion.
Alarmed by the increasing fatalities, the new government has begun a five-year project to cut road deaths by a fifth every year, part of the most ambitious overhaul of highway laws since independence in 1947.
The new law mandates that land will have to be bought at four times the market rate in rural areas and at double the market rate in urban areas.
Sharpening his attack on Uttar Pradesh government for alleged irregularities in MGNREGA, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh today said instead of taking action it is "patronising the guilty officials".
The Land Acquisition Bill, which seeks to strengthen landowners' rights during acquisition for development, will be introduced in Parliament next week, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh indicated today hoping a smooth passage for the controversial measure.
The Group of Ministers (GoM) on the land bill, headed by agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, will hold its first meeting on September 27, after five ministers disagreed with respect to provisos earlier this month.
A formula converging the views of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has the potential to contribute to breaking the logjam in international climate negotiations, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said here today.
Vigorously pushing the agenda of clean drinking water and sanitation, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh today said investment in these sectors is as important as investing in defence.
The much-awaited Land Acquisition Bill, aimed at protecting the interests of farmers, is likely to be introduced in Parliament during the current Monsoon session, the government said on Thursday.
In a first of his actions as the Rural Development minister, Jairam Ramesh is putting the draft land acquisition bill out in the public domain for comments. Siddharth Zarabi of CNBC-TV18 details the contents of the draft bill.
The much-awaited draft land acquisition Bill, to be unveiled soon, "assures fair compensation and does not impede the process of land acquisition" for industries and other purposes, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said today.