September 16th, 2011
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Plachimada Tribunal Bill sent back

plachimada agitationNew Delhi: The Home Ministry sent back the Plachimada tribunal Bill to the Kerala State government. The Home ministry has asked the legal department to give an explanation regarding certain aspects of the bill in one week’s time.

The Bill was passed unanimously by the Kerala Assembly on February 24 on the basis of the findings of a 15-member expert committee chaired by Additional Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar. The committee had assessed the damages caused by the activities of Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Ltd. in the village in Palakkad at Rs.216.25 crore.

As per the demand of the central government the bill passed in the Kerala legislative assembly had to be sent for the approval of the president. The Bill though was caught in the Home Ministry for the past several months amidst disturbing reports that Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Ltd. was trying to influence the Central government against giving clearance for the Bill.

An eight-member delegation of Kerala MPs had called on President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi on September 6, 2011 and had urged her to grant early assent for the bill.

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