India's cabinet clears order to extend land reforms

March 31, 2015 5:38 PM

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NEW DELHI, March 31 (Reuters) - India's cabinet cleared a new ordinance on land purchases on Tuesday, government officials said, extending measures to make transactions easier that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been unable to get onto the statute book.

The decree, which needs the president's signature to take effect, represents a temporary workaround after opposition parties blocked legislation to make the changes permanent in parliament's upper house.

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