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Assam Government Changes MSME Ordinance Rules Following Protests

Lawstreet Journal 11 Jul 2020 2:07am

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Experiencing dissent over an ordinance to provide an easement for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME), the government of Assam expressed that it will change the rules and exemption would not be given for setting up industries on agricultural land, on July 9, 2020.

Speaking at a press conference, Assam Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary mentioned that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal convened a specific meeting due to protests the ordinance and settled to modify it.

"Earlier, there was a provision (in the ordinance) that after getting the Acknowledgement Certificate, agricultural land would be deemed converted for non- agriculture purposes to set up an industry. But now it is proposed that so far as land is concerned, no such exemption will be given," Patowary said.

The MSME units shall have to apply for all permissions, clearances, and approvals in regard to land before initiation for a unit, he mentioned.

Parties who were in the opposition had protested against the MSME ordinance, announcing that it would detach native people from their land where they did farm.

"After detailed discussion, it was unanimously decided that stringent measures and provisions should be made so that the right of the indigenous people over their land is protected and kept unaffected.

Accordingly, a provision has been proposed to be made in the draft MSME Ordinance that all the provisions of the Assam Agricultural Land (Regulation of Reclassification and Transfer for Non-Agricultural Purpose) Act, 2015 and other land laws will have to be followed and adhered to for setting up of any enterprise," he said.

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