In fresh reforms push, CCI, land Bill get nod, 2G price cut
The decisions were cleared in meetings of the Cabinet and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, with some of them such as setting up the CCI — or the National Investment Board — approved only after fully addressing concerns raised by the environment ministry. The Cabinet also cleared amendments to the judicial accountability Bill.
The CCI, a Cabinet panel that will be headed by the prime minister, is expected to remove investment bottlenecks in the path of mega projects that are worth over Rs 1,000 crore. Finance minister P Chidambaram had told the Lok Sabha last week that there are over 100 projects, each involving an investment of Rs 1,000 crore or more, that have been held up for various reasons.
To allay concerns of the environment ministry, the Cabinet agreed that time-bound green clearances should be given without its powers being superceded by the CCI. In other words, the CCI will not function as an appellate body, sources said. The Cabinet also decided to call it CCI and not NIB as suggested by the finance ministry. The panel will have ministers in charge of infrastructure