Bengal CM Mamata keeps her promise on Singur land bill

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Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Jun 14: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee stood by her promises that she made before elections. The Singur land bill would be held over in the assembly on Tuesday, Jun 14.

The bill aims at rescinding the lease of land by state government to Tata Motors and would enable the government to take back 997 acres leased to Tata Motors. Before the elections, Banerjee had promised to return 400 acres land to the poor farmers.

A bill would be tabled in the assembly on Wednesday, Jun 15 in order to obstruct the Tatas to abandon its Nano Project and ancillary factories at Singur.

This bill named as 'Singur Land Rehabilitation Bill' propagated in the house on Sunday, Jun 12. The bill would empower the government to take over the land covered by the lease granted to Tata Motors in view of "non-commissioning and abandoning of the small car project and ancillary factories and to return a portion to unwilling owners and utilise the remainder in public interest."

According to the bill, the Tatas must vacate the possession of the land. It also empowered the Hoogly district administration to use forces if required.

The bill also said that the Bengal government would have to pay compensation to the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation as it had earlier acquired the land on behalf of it and paid Rs. 137 crore to the landowners.

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