“The state is going to raise two major issues at the meeting“.

New Delhi, July 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today warned the Opposition that the deadlock over the land acquisition bill was “seriously” impacting rural development. He said the state government never faced any problems in land acquisition as it involved the community in deciding the compensation which lead to “implied consent”.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said several chief ministers expressed concern over delay in development projects.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar were among the attendees. The meeting is being seen as an attempt by the NDA government to break the deadlock over the controversial bill that is facing a strong opposition from the Congress. But the opposition says the bill is anti-farmer and has blocked it in the Rajya Sabha for months.

“Those who chose to boycott the meeting must introspect whether not attending is in consonance with the spirit of cooperative federalism”.

Besides the CMs of the nine-Congress ruled states, the notable absentees were West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Tamil Nadu’s J. However, Jaitley said state-wise details to this effect were not available. He said what is needed to ensure inclusive development of all regions and segments of our society is an overall policy framework based on a complete consensus. We are acting as a role model. “But our administrative meeting is equally important”.

Banerjee said already 14,000 acres of land have been given for projects from the land bank.

Chief Ministers of 16 states attended the Governing Council meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. This bill makes easier to acquire land for big development and infrastructure projects.

As far as paying enhanced compensation is concerned, Modi said there are no differences in the stands of the Centre and States.

The Prime Minister appealed to everyone that political considerations should not come in the way of a solution that would facilitate development of the rural areas and greater prosperity for the farmers.

Moreover, as a parliamentary committee was still debating the proposed changes, it would be premature to expect the chief ministers to take a call on the subject till there was clarity on what shape it would finally take, Bhanumurthy said. NITI Aayog, which involves active participation of states in policymaking, was set up on January 1, 2015 replacing the Planning Commission.