Press Trust of India | August 31, 2016 15:11 IST
In a bid to revive the stuck construction and real estate projects, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved an array of measures to help quickly resolve disputes, pump in liquidity and deal with stressed assets.
The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, allowed contractors to move to the new speedier arbitration process, approved release of 75 per cent of the amount in dispute against bank guarantee and provided for a conciliation board comprising of independent domain experts in new contracts.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the construction sector contributes eight per cent to the GDP and provides employment to some 40 million people in the country.
“There are various challenges before the construction sector and the government has been trying to improve upon the functioning of the construction sector. We have simplified arbitration law so that the process of dispute redressal could be made easier. We have also allowed establishment of commercial court,” Mr Jaitley added.
Also, during the pendency of an arbitral award being challenged by the public body, 75 per cent of the amount will be released to contractor against a bank guarantee.