ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Land Acquisition Bill

The draft Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill (retitled Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2012) is touted by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government as a remedy for infusing animal spirits in the economy, satisfying investor sentiment and addressing ongoing land conflicts. However, the current draft of the bill, which has been accepted by the group of ministers, is a retrograde step.

The draft Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill (retitled Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2012) is touted by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government as a remedy for infusing animal spirits in the economy, satisfying investor sentiment and addressing ongoing land conflicts. However, the current draft of the bill, which has been accepted by the group of ministers, is a retrograde step. It will only facilitate the transfer of precious natural resources to private corporations, further the incidence of corruption and fuel land conflicts.

It is extremely unfortunate that putting aside every possible democratic precedent and institution, and the progressive pronouncements of the Supreme Court, the UPA government, ruling in the name of aam aadmi, is bringing a law to legitimise forcible acquisition by the government for private and public-private partnership projects in the name of development and to placate investors and their representatives in the ministries of trade and commerce, finance, urban deve­lop­ment and the Planning Commission.

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