Eight months have passed since the National Democratic Alliance issued an ordinance that attempted to make land acquisition an easier, if notably one-sided, process. The prime minister made his case to the people during his radio address. Then administration reissued the ordinance. There was opposition to the ordinance from outside, and within its ranks too.

A recent solution that first seemed viable – to let the states have their own land acquisition laws – could prove difficult to implement, Nitin Sethi and Ishan Bakshi of Business Standard report. Section 107 of the 2013 Land Acquisition Act says that the states can “enhance or add to the entitlements” that landowners are due.

The language of this section connects it to other parts of the act, creating a protective barrier around the act’s intent.

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