Land Acquisition Act: Activists say Modi govt’s proposals are pro-corporate
It was not too long ago that we celebrated India’s passage of a new Land Acquisition Act to replace the very antiquated one of 1894. However, the new act is facing threats of being watered down, with the new Modi government’s pro-corporate stance, specifically the Ministry of Rural Development. At present, the law requires the consent of at least 70% of those affected in public-private partnership (PPP) projects as well as a time-bound Social Impact Assessment for land acquisitions. The ministry seeks to dilute this provision.