'Rehab package worked out for Singur farmers'
Kolkata, Jan 13: Admitting that farmers always face problems whentheir land is acquired, be it Singur or Nandigram, state FinanceMinister Dr Asim DasGupta said here today that a well-thoughtrehabilitation package has been worked out for the displaced farmers inSingur where Tata Motors plans to set up its small car project.
Speaking at an interactive session on "India in the Emergingglobal order Opportunities and Pitfalls," organised by FICCI, MrDasGupta said that ''when land acquisitions take place, at the macrolevel, a state is not a looser but the problem is faced by thedisplaced farmers at the micro level.'' Elaborating the rehab package,he said, ''We have not only paid 30 per cent higher than the marketprice to the farmers for the acquired land, but a comprehensiverehabilitation package has been offered, which include equal piece ofdeveloped land and employment to a family member of the displacedfarmer.'' With the resentment from the people and the opposition overthe land acquisition in Singur and Nandigram, the state government hasstalled the acquisition process.
''We will take the farmers into confidence before resuming acquisition process,'' he said.
Speaking about the BJP's stand on this issue, nationalspokesperson of the party Prakash Javadekar said,''We are not againstindustrialisation. Industry will not be in the air but land isrequired. Multi-crop land should not wasted. Moreover the farmersshould be compensated.'' Citing the Maharashtra model, he said a farmershould be made stakeholder in the whole process. The farmers should getthe price of the land which must be 300 per cent above the marketprice. The farmers should also get well developed land.'' Praising themodel presented by Dr DasGupta, Congress Nation spokesperson AbhisekManu Singhvi said, the Centre and all the state governments should cometo a consensus on a single model of rehabilitation for the farmers.
''Several SEZs will be developed across the country and the Centre is also trying to take non-agricultural lands,'' he said.
Speaking on the nature of the land acquired for the Tata Motor'ssmall car project in Singur and IOC sponsored chemical hub in Haldia,Mr DasGupta said,'' While acquiring land in Singur, we have tried toavoid fertile agri land.''