A House panel has advised the government to actuate a law to protect prime agricultural land. It said that the acquisition of these agricultural plots should be the last option.
The committee said that the law could be drafted on the lines of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, after examining the Land Acquisition Bill, 2007.
According to the 2007 Bill, the company setting up a project has to acquire 70 per cent of the land while the rest is taken over by the government.
According to the panel, the entire land acquisition should be carried out either by the private firm that wants the land or by the government.