04 December, 2020

Scene At Land’s End

The LARR bill must plug gaps that allow ingress of misery for the affected

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Scene At Land’s End
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The UPA’s proposed land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement (LARR) bill contains several provisions which seek to improve upon the existing land acquisition law. Anyway, the present law has clearly run its course, with people no longer willing to submit to coercion by the state. The enactment of a new land acquisition law, in order to make it congruent with a democratic state, is long overdue. Whether it would be pos­sible for the UPA-II government to ensure the passage of the LARR bill, given the delay already caused, remains to be seen.

The LARR bill attempts to bring changes in three aspects of the land acquisition process: (a) providing more clarity on the definition of ‘public purpose’ for which land can be acquired by the state, (b) conducting a soc­ial cost-benefit analysis before deciding on acquisition and seeking the opinion of affected persons and (c) integrating rehabilitation and resettlement with the acquisition process, setting concrete benchmarks for com­pensation. But the current provisions of the bill fall short of...

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