On a day the Tata Motors approached the Supreme Court seeking an interim stay on the return of land to farmers in Singur, the district administration of Hooghly was completing the formalities for giving possession of land to the first batch of
States need to rethink their land acquisition policies
One of the most prickly nettles for governments in India today is land acqusition for industry. The Centre is drafting a new Bill on the issue, but land is a state subject, and different states have different land acquisition policies. The Bill can at best provide an enabling framework.