are two aspects of fine print which I am still unclear about. The first is the entire implementation of the resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) package. The second issue is public purpose. Within the infrastructure sector, we have got government infrastructure and we have got public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure. I am not clear where public purpose will fall in,” he said.
Rahul Bajaj, chairman, Bajaj Auto, expressed optimism. “I have not seen the details of the announcement. I only hope that this committee will take a decision if required by overruling individual ministry and not just coordinate between ministries. Hope the recommendations of the Cabinet Committee on Investment will be accepted by the Cabinet,” he said.
RC Bhargava, chairman of Maruti Suzuki India, offered a nuanced view. “It is the laws which needs to be looked at. If the laws state that such and such clearances are required before according a final approval to a project, whether it it is NIB (the National Investment Board, as the CCI was proposed to be called) or CCI, it can’t do a thing. If the intent is to change the law, that can be done whether it is NIB or CCI,” he said.
On the Land Bill also, Bhargava had a practical point. “The industry can argue that one would need to take approvals from more people now, but the increase of mandatory consent from 67% to 80% is not really a make-or-break issue. The idea is to ensure that one person shouldn’t hold up an investment asking a much higher price, and in such cases the government should intervene. The basic purpose of the Bill is that you buy land through private negotiations, but afterwards it should not be caught in litigation. While buying land you should know the price, because if the court decides to increase it later to compensate farmers, the investments may get unviable.”
Venu Srinivasan, chairman and managing director of TVS Motor, is hopeful on CCI but critical of the Land Bill. “It (CCI) is a very positive move and will give a major fillip to infrastructure. I don’t think it has been