Free market indeed

An area of 177 ha was acquired for POSCO (India) Limited in Jagatsinghpur district with a land acquisition cost of Rs 11.85 crore. The approximate present value of the said land parcel is Rs 64.22 crore.

Anybody who promotes free market type interventions India must keep in mind that the so-called economically liberal, capitalist actors operate on a market which is anything but free. The idea of a free market anywhere is highly suspicious, but in India even more so.

The corporates for whom the promoters of the “free market” are working to create access for often rely on cosy (often corrupt) deals with government to make their business projections work.

Case in point – land acquisition at bargain prices as above.

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