Date
21 August 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to kick-start new infrastructure and industrial projects through land reforms. Photo: Reuters
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to kick-start new infrastructure and industrial projects through land reforms. Photo: Reuters

India plans land law reform to boost economy

India’s new government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is planning to revise a land acquisition law to make it easier for infrastructure and industrial projects.

Rural development minister Nitin Gadkari has signaled that overhauling the law, a centerpiece of the previous Congress-led government, is among the top priorities of the Modi administration.

The minister has begun formal consultations with state governments on necessary changes to help expedite the land acquisition process, one of India’s most politically sensitive issues, Financial Times reported.

“We will take a holistic view keeping in mind the interests of all stakeholders,” Gadkari was quoted as saying. “Any change, as and when made, won’t compromise the interest of farmers, landowners and other stakeholders.”

Conflicts over land — which saw poor, uneducated farmers pitted against large business groups — have brought numerous projects to a halt in recent years and hindered India’s economic growth.

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