India Inc hopes CCI works, land Bill clears House
Since the setting up of the CCI is an executive decision, the Cabinet’s decision is final and the government only needs to ensure that it works effectively and doesn’t end up like the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure that it has replaced. However, the Land Bill needs to be passed by Parliament and industry hopes for its smooth passage though it has some reservations on it. Further, land being a state subject, it remains to be seen how far the different state government are willing to go in following the guidelines set by it.
Industry captains FE spoke to expressed mixed reactions. While some expressed disappointment since the CCI’s mandate is seen to have been watered down from what the original proposal entailed when it was referred to as the National Investment Board (NIB), there was also hope that since the PM is chairing it, the mechanism would be effective. Earlier, the idea was that the body would work as an agency that can overrule line ministries and also act as an appellate authority against their rulings. However, the Cabinet has approved a structure where it would work as a coordinating agency with no powers to overrule line
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