Why is the Land Bill so important?

April 12 2015

The Land Bill has become a matter of prestige for Modi government. The government’s thinktank is of the opinion that if the Land Acquisition Bill does not take the form of an Act, investors might see red. Even if you leave aside big, foreign investors, the truth is that ever since there has been an ordinance on the Land Bill, none of the prominent government departments such as the railways or defence have made any sort of land acquisition. Big power companies – even the state governments – are wary of acquiring land. They are not confident about the ordinance; their worry is that if the ordinance does not change into law, they might have to face several legal issues. In such circumstances, the Modi government is facing the big challenge to get the bill passed during the coming Parliament session, which starts on April 20.

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