Legislating for Justice: The Making of the 2013 Land Acquisition Law by Jairam Ramesh

Legislating for Justice: The Making of the 2013 Land Acquisition Law

byJairam Ramesh, Muhammad Ali Khan

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Land ownership in India has always been a risky proposition. The hitherto unfettered power of acquisition and the refusal of the Parliament to recognize the right to own property as a fundamental one, had emboldened the state to stake claim on any land it saw fit. However, in the years2012-2014, the Government of India embarked on an exercise to not just amend but to rewrite the law on acquisition. This process saw the radical polarization of public opinion into two sharp sides a those who saw acquisition as a necessary tool to Indiaas development (given the absence of othermechanisms guaranteeing clear title), and those who were sharply opposed to an archaic relic that defied the rule of law. This book attempts to explain the rationale employed behind each and every provision by the then Minister and his Principle Aide who helped draft the law. The book is a firsthand account of the challenges faced and the factors that drove the decisions in regulating the Stateas approach to a resourcethat is arguably the most important in a land deficit people surplus nation.

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Jairam Ramesh is Chair of the Future Earth Engagement Committee, a research platform on global sustainability. Formerly he was the Minister of Rural Development and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment and Forests, Government of India. He is also a member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Parliament of India....
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Title:Legislating for Justice: The Making of the 2013 Land Acquisition LawFormat:HardcoverDimensions:266 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.88 inPublished:April 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199458995

ISBN - 13:9780199458998

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PrefaceAcknowledgements1. Overview2. Social Impact Assessment3. Procedure for Acquiring Land4. Compensation5. Rehabilitation and Resettlement6. Retrospective Operation7. Urgency Clause8. Special Provisions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes9. The Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Authority10. Miscellaneous Clauses11. The OrdinanceConclusion: Acknowledging the Real ChallengesAnnexuresSelected Debates in the Lok SabhaSelected Debates in the Rajya SabhaIndexAbout the Authors