NAC has set down a seven-point test for land acquisition bill
The National Advisory Council (NAC) has prescribed a seven-point test for a having a humane legistlation on land acquisition and rehabilitation.
The NAC also wants the Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act to make violation of the law by public officials a punishable offence.
Penal provisions for violations (by public officials), in the form of fines imposed on public officials who fail based on their job charts issued by the state government, must be included in the statute.
The recommendation also includes a provision for the government to notify the amenities to be provided at resettlement sites.
The basic amenities with minimum standards shall be mandatorily provided at the new site. These include roads, safe drinking water, hygiene, educational facilities, community hall, and basic irrigation facilities at project cost.
It also recommended setting up of a National Commission for Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation (NLCRR) with powers to supervise and exercise oversight over land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation.