Karnataka opposition Leader grills CM to clarify his stand on land acquisition for Railway projects

Investors are running away from the State because of the government’s anti-development mindset: Jagadish Shettar, Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly

Bangalore (SBC): Dubbing the Congress government as “anti-development”, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar on Saturday asked Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to clarify his stand on land acquisition for railway projects that had been delayed.

Accusing Mr. Siddaramaiah of planning to acquire land for railway projects under the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) Act, Mr. Shettar wanted to know why he was not doing it under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act passed by the United Progressive Alliance government in 2013 or the new Land Acquisition Ordinance of the NDA government. He said KIADB Act was detrimental to the interests of farmers.

Investors were running away from the State because of the government’s “anti-development mindset”, he said, citing the decisions of Hero Motocorp and Asian Paints as examples. Criticising the decision of the government on hiking the fee in private professional institutions, he said, “The move is detrimental to the interests of talented economically backward students.”

He also blasted the government for “delay in responding to the Kasturirangan Committee report on the Western Ghats, which would have serious repercussions.”

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