03 July 2020
GUWAHATI: The Rights and Risks Analysis Group (RRAG) has urged the Governor of Assam Professor Jagdish Mukhi not to give assent to the Ordinance approved by the Assam State Cabinet to allow MSMEs to set up industries without any kind of permission or license for three years solely on the basis of a self-declaration on the grounds of being unconstitutional and disastrous for the MSMEs as well as the people of Assam.
“The Ordinance effectively suspends the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013, the Forest Rights Act of 2006, Chapter X of the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation of 1886, the Environment Protection Act of 1986 and the Biological Diversity Act of 2002, which prohibit certain land acquisition and prescribe the manner in which land can be acquired. There is no provision either in the Constitution of India or these laws to suspend their operation for the purposes of acquiring lands to set up industries,” stated Suhas Chakma, Director of the RRAG.
“This will be disastrous for the MSMEs as their investment shall remain stuck because of the illegality of land acquisition. This is equally disastrous for the individuals or communities on whose lands industries will be set up as they will be forced to challenge illegal land acquisition before the courts,” Chakma said further.
“Assam needs to follow the laws and not suspend laws to boost investment as such illegal measures vitiate investment sentiment. People want to invest in safe environment and not in a state of legal limbo, “he added.