GUWAHATI, Jan 19 � The Communist Party of India (CPI) has come out strongly against the BJP-led NDA government over its recent decision to approve an ordinance to amend the Land Acquisition Act.
Dambaru Bora, member of the CPI Assam State Secretariat, said that the ordinance will hurt the interest of farmers and lead to further distress in the agriculture sector of economy.
�The Land Acquisition Act which was passed in 2013 was the result of intense debate, discussion and struggle and was aimed at protecting the interest of farmers and the agriculture sector. However, with the ordinance, the NDA government has revealed its anti-farmer attitude. Amendment to the act will seriously harm the peasantry of India,� Bora said.
The Union government had in late December approved an ordinance to amend the Land Acquisition Act. The amendment was intended to facilitate start of stalled of projects and remove barriers in power and defence, among five sectors.
Bora said that the original Act had provisions like assessment of social and food security impact and requirement of consent of 80 per cent land owners, which have been removed in the ordinance.
The NDA government�s decision to take the ordinance route to amend the Act has already drawn sharp criticism from various opposition parties as well as state governments, including that of Assam. The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has also condemned the move of the Central government.
However, the Centre had contended that the Act, in its original form, was acting as a barrier in completion of projects and had argued that many states ruled by non-NDA parties had also called for its amendment.
�The BJP has once again proved that it is a party of big corporate houses and has no interest in protecting the interest of farmers and peasantry. Farmers will lose irrigated land in the name of completion of projects undertaken by big business houses,� Bora said.
Citing the example of West Bengal, Bora said that attempts by the previous Left Front government to force farmers to hand over their land for undertaking industrial projects led to a massive backlash.
Asked about the likely reshuffle in the State ministry, Bora said that while new faces are necessary, merely changing ministers would not improve governance.
�There is trust deficit. While fresh faces are always welcome, there must be vision. Otherwise, it will be a futile exercise,� he said.
The CPI leader accused the Congress government in Assam of failing on the law and order front and in controlling prices and blamed it for spiraling corruption in the State.