Jairam Ramesh Writes to President Arguing Against Dilution of Land Acquisition Laws
In 2015, BJP leader and finance minister Arun Jaitley urged states to pass their own laws related to land acquisition.
New Delhi: Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Jairam Ramesh has written to the President Ramnath Kovind arguing against the dilution of the Central land acquisition law by state laws. The former rural development minister has argued that states have used article 254 (2) ‘indiscriminately’ to frame state land acquisition laws that are in contravention with the Central law.
Article 254 (2) of the Indian constitution allows a state law to exist even if it is in contravention with a law passed by the parliament, if the state law has the assent of the President.
Ramesh in his letter to the President has argued that the use of this provision to allow states to pass land acquisition laws that run contrary to the Central law gives rise to ‘jurisprudential concerns’. He argued that the provision was intended for scenarios where challenges peculiar to a particular region cause hurdles in the implementation of a central law.
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