Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill was passed on August 29, 2013. The Bill aims to provide compensation to those whose land is taken away, brings transparency to the process of acquisition of land to set up factories or buildings and assures rehabilitation of those affected. This legislation has been eagerly sought by both industry and those who live off the land. According to various reports, out of the 235 MPs who voted on the Bill, 216 backed it while 19 voted against it. The Bill aims to replace a nearly 120-year-old law enacted during British rule in 1894.
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