FPCE writes to president, requests not to give assent to HIRA by WB government

A pan-India home buyers' association has asked the president not to give his assent to the Housing Industry Regulation Act, which was passed by West Bengal as an alternative to the nation-wide Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act

Pan-India home buyer’s body, Forum For People’s Collective Efforts (FPCE), has written to president Ram Nath Kovind, requesting him not to give his assent to the Housing Industry Regulation Act (HIRA) notified by the West Bengal government, saying that it would set a ‘dangerous precedent’ for other states and make the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) ‘redundant’.

Talking to reporters in New Deli, FPCE president Abhay Upadhyay sought to know why a state like West Bengal could not implement a law (RERA) passed by parliament.

See also: RERA: Centre seeks law ministry’s opinion, about West Bengal notifying its own Act

The Real Estate Regulatory Authority was established in each state under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, to regulate real estate sector in the country. A delegation of the FPCE met Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on July 19, 2018 and requested him to take up the issue with leaders of the Trinamool Congress, which is in power in West Bengal.

According to the association, the West Bengal government has notified the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act, 2017, while ‘ignoring’ the RERA, the pan India legislation. “This action of the West Bengal government, questions the supremacy of parliament. How can a state not implement a law (RERA) passed by parliament? This can also lead to other states to follow West Bengal and in due course, making the RERA redundant,” the FPCE said in a statement.

 

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