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Rajasthan clears (SIR) Bill for govt to acquire land

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The Rajasthan government has cleared two Bills that allow “designated authorities to enter into or upon any land or building” under certain conditions and acquire the land as per the existing acquisition laws.

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Amid opposition from the Congress and within, the BJP government Monday passed the Special Investment Regions (SIR) Bill that empowers “designated authorities” to enter any land or building once the state government has declared “any area of land to be a Special Investment Region”. On Tuesday, the Assembly passed the Rajasthan Land Pooling Schemes Bill to consolidate small land holdings and to complement the SIR Bill.

Through the SIR Bill, the government seeks to give impetus to all economic sectors, by setting up SIRs, which shall be “large sized regions covering vast areas”. It replaces the Rajasthan Industrial Area Development Authority Act, 1995, and comes in the backdrop of last year’s Resurgent Rajasthan Summit, wherein the state had signed investment MoUs worth over Rs 3.21 lakh crore.

Terming the SIR Bill a “python”, as “it will devour all”, rebel BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari said how a similar Bill in Gujarat had failed, even as the opposition Congress staged a walkout on Monday. However, the government went ahead and passed The Land Pooling Schemes Bill on Tuesday.

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