Land bill passed in Lok Sabha
Sabha assed the contentious land (amendment) bill on March 10 after making nine official amendments to it. The bill was fiercely debated in the House, with the Congress-led Opposition and even two allies of the National Democratic Alliance demanding amendments. While the government accepted the Opposition's proposal for compulsory employment to at least one member from the affected families of a farm labourer, it rejected amendments to the consent clause and social impact assessment. The Opposition staged a walk-out, and ally Shiv Sena abstained when the bill was put to vote. The bill is most likely to face a lot of hurdles in the Rajya Sabha where the government does not have a majority.