The national lobbying arm of homebuyers, Forum for People’s Collective Efforts (FPCE) has approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him not to constrict the rights of homebuyers to initiate insolvency proceedings against real estate developers.
The plea is in the wake of reports that the government is considering changes in the insolvency code to stipulate that the number of homebuyers required to file an insolvency case must be at least 100 or they must collectively account for a minimum of 5% of the outstanding debt of the realty developer, whichever is lower.
Currently, even a single homebuyer can take a realty firm to NCLT under the Code.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved certain measures pertaining to the construction sector and noted that the government entities will take the decision to initiate proceedings for setting aside of the arbitral award, and any related appeal with the opinion of a law officer such as Attorney-General for India, Solicitor-General for India, Additional Solicitor-General for India in consultation with Department of Legal Affairs.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the measures were approved for effective implementation of the CCEA’s decision of August 31 on ‘Initiatives to revive the Construction Sector’. She said that the proposals put forward by NITI Aayog with respect to the arbitrations by or against government entities were approved.
Singapore-based toll road operator Cube Highways and Infrastructure has emerged as the successful bidder for the third bundle of Toll-Operate-Transfer (ToT) highway projects auctioned by India’s highway development agency by placing the highest bid of Rs 5,011 crores.
The auction of coal blocks for commercial mining would soon take place. Despite large proven reserves, India’s rising coal imports add up to over $20 billion annually due to warped policy and long years of a public monopoly, which has stultified output at huge national cost.
The policy of captive mining needs to be thoroughly overhauled as well, to gainfully boost investment and output going forward