The_Specific_Relief_Amendment_Bill_2017 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Ministry of Law and Justice. The Bill seeks to amend the Specific Relief Act, 1963 and sets out the remedies available to parties whose contractual or civil rights have been violated.
The Act sets out two main remedies to a party whose contract has not been performed. The party may ask the court to compel the performance of the contract (specific performance), or The party may seek monetary compensation instead of performance.
Under the Bill, certain civil courts may be designated as Special Courts by the state government, in consultation with the Chief Justice of a High Court and these courts will deal with cases related to infrastructure projects.
The Department of Economic Affairs is the nodal agency for specifying various categories of projects and infrastructure sub-sectors, which is provided as Schedule to the Bill.