Bengal withdraws Land Reforms Amendment Bill

Last Updated: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 21:49

Kolkata: The West Bengal government today
withdrew the Land Reforms Amendment Bill seeking to relax land
ceiling provisions for industries.

The minister for Land and Land Reforms Abdur Rezzak
Mollah announced withdrawal of the bill in the Assembly.

The bill, which came in the backdrop of controversies
over acquisition of agricultural land for Tata Motors, was
referred to an all-party Select Committee of the Assembly in
2006.

Besides the opposition, the bill had triggered protests
from Left Front partners, RSP and Forward Bloc, alleging
"indiscriminate" conversion of agricultural land for
industrial use.

The state government had sought to amend the law for
allowing investors in the industrial and infrastructure
sectors to hold and transfer land in excess of the rural land
ceiling.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 21:49

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