March, 2013

A Paternalistic Law

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The government does not need to get involved and broker land transactions between private parties
last Thursday, political parties reached a consensus on the land acquisition rehabilitation and resettlement bill, 2011 (LARR bill), which promises to protect poor farmers from opportunistic businesses acquiring land. Unfortunately, it is yet another carefully crafted wolf in sheep's clothing. Purportedly an improvement over its predecessor, the Land Acquisition Act of 1894, the LARR bill is a paternalistic law enabling backroom deals between political and business interests in the guise of "public purpose", while leaving individual landowners vulnerable.

The government does not need to get involved and broker land transactions between private partieslast Thursday, political parties reached a consensus on the land acquisition rehabilitation and resettlement bill, 2011 (LARR bill), which promises to protect poor farmers from opportunistic businesses acquiring land. Unfortunately, it is yet another carefully crafted wolf in sheep's clothing. Purportedly an improvement over its predecessor, the Land Acquisition Act of 1894, the LARR bill is a paternalistic law enabling backroom deals between political and business interests in the guise of "public purpose", while leaving individual landowners vulnerable.

 

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