Govt asks for more time to rewrite amendment to land acquisition law
Sunday September 10 2017
Road construction: The government wants to limit time wasted in payout counter claims. PHOTO | FILE | NMG
In July, the government tabled the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 seeking to amend Article 26(2) to allow for compulsory acquisition of land by removing hurdles to compensation which it claims have been a major hindrance to infrastructure development.
Parliamentary procedure provides that a Bill that has been tabled before the House and referred to relevant committee for public scrutiny should be handled within 45 days, but the government moved in just days before expiry to request for more time.
The question of land remains critical in the country’s development efforts.