The role of think tanks in changing and influencing public policy
From Liberty Institute in India:
"The Department Land Resources, in the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, has released the latest draft of the Land Titling Bill 2011, and is inviting comments from the public before July 31, 2011. Here is a brief comparison of the 2010 draft Land Titiling bill, with the 2011 version. The revised draft is a significant improvement on the previous version. The following note also contains some of the key comments that Liberty Institute had submitted in July 2010 to the earlier draft.
The revised Bill has taken a realistic view of the complex ground realities of introducing title guarantees in the highly conflicted land records in India. It has simplified procedures and institutional mechanisms envisaged to implement the concept. In a significant departure from the 2010 version, the 2011 Bill has dropped the promise of a state guaranteed title with indemnification and has settled for only a determination of a conclusive title.
It is hard to say whether submissions of Liberty Institute on the Draft Bill 2010 has had an impact on the revised Bill of 2011, but the following changes made in the 2011 Bill do reflect some of the our views!!