The Ministry of Defence has started the process of bringing about amendments to The Works of Defence Act, 1903 to meet the requirements of the changed scenario.
About Work of Defence Act, 1903:
- Works of Defence act is a 109 year old Act that provides for imposing restrictions on use and enjoyment of land which are in proximity to Works of Defence in order to keep the land free from buildings and other obstructions.
Why have amendments been proposed to this Act?
- It has been observed that the Act of 1903 has proved problematic for those civilians living in vicinity to defence depots because of its stringent and restrictive provisions. Some of defence establishments especially the defence depots were set up over a century ago in deep jungles or vacant lands far away from human habitations. But due to increased human activity and expansion in habitations certain areas have come very close to the depots.
What has been decided by the govt?
- The Defence Ministry has decided to modernize all depots and develop them by taking cognizance of the best practices followed in some of the advanced countries in the world.