The UPA government has decided to consult all the Chief Ministers, political parties and other stakeholders after posting on the web the draft land acquisition and rehabilitation and resettlement B

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday gave Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh the green signal for his proposal to integrate in one bill the provisions for land acquisition and rehabilitation and resettlement.

After calling on Dr. Singh for the first time since he assumed office, Mr.

Takes decision after a meeting with NAC and Rural Ministry officials
The new Union Minister for Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh, on Wednesday set aside the two-bill approach of his predecessor and decided to frame a single integrated Bill on land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement.

After reviewing various programmes of the Ministry, Mr.

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Food on Monday cleared the crucial Food Security Bill, which seeks to entitle 75 per cent of the BPL (below poverty line) population and 50 per cent of the urban population to heavily subsidised food grains.

Gearing for the challenge of implementing the proposed Food Security Bill, Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution K.V. Thomas has decided to hold a conference of Chief Ministers to seek their views and cooperation.

Mr. Thomas toldThe Hindu that he had made a presentation of the proposed Bill to Defence Minister A.K.

The Union Ministry of Rural Development has eventually finalised the revised draft of the bills on land acquisition and rehabilitation and resettlement, which promise to return land to the farmer if a proposed project fails to come up within five years of acquisition.

Minister for Rural Development Vilasrao Deshmukh toldThe Hinduthat the Land Acquisition Bill and the Rehabilitation and Resettle

The Union government on Sunday asked the Orissa government not to take precipitate action in the wake of a mass protest by locals against the land acquisition process launched at Govindpur village for the Posco steel plant.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said in a statement that coercion was not the way to resolve the crisis.

The Union government will set up an independent financial institution to give funds for effective functioning of the self-help groups (SHGs) and better empowerment of the rural poor.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi announced this while launching the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), which will be funded through financial institutions.