Issue Date: Mar 31, 2009
Important bills are better dropped than approved without parliamentary debate
THE government failed to push through Rajya Sabha three critical bills that had been cleared by the lower house of Parliament recently. The upper house rejected government bills on land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation, and compensatory afforestation. These bills address natural resources--land and forest--as well as the rights of vulnerable people, mostly poor farmers, who end up paying the cost of the country's development with their means of subsistence.
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