Further modification of Singur package possible: Goswami

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Barrackpore, Oct 2 (UNI) West Bengal PWD Minister Kshiti Goswami today asserted that the Left Front government was ready to reconsider the compensation package for the land losers in Singur and make further modifications if specific proposals were fowarded to the government in this regard.

''The compensation package as announced by the government for the land losers, share croppers and other related people following the talks in Raj Bhavan seems to be a balanced one.

However, reconsideration or further modification of the package is possible,'' the RSP leader said.

Talking to newspersons here at Gandhighat at the end of the official function celebrating Gandhi Jayanti, Mr Goswami observed that an amicable solution to Singur issue was essential both for the interest of the farmers and the future of industrialisation in the state.

The PWD minister said the compensation package could be modified further, but no specific proposal for modification had come forward so far.

''A little more thought on the part of all the parties concerned could help in resolving the impasse, if political considerations are not given priority in this issue,'' Mr Goswami opined.

''By any means, we will have to find out an amicable solution,'' he asserted.

The PWD Minister said the people of the state desperately wanted a solution.

''We are waiting for the outcome of the conference between Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Mr Ratan Tata to be held tomorrow in Kolkata,'' he said.

Mr Goswami, however, maintained that the state government should weigh all the pros and cons properly before taking any decision with respect to the acquisition of land for the Tata project.

''More transparency is required to ventilate information about the government's activities in this regard,'' Mr Goswami added.

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