Mamata against forcible land acquisition

Mamata Banerjee said that there should not be any forcible acquisition of land.

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today said that there should not be any forcible acquisition of land and describe existing laws in this regard as "draconian".

"The present land acquisition laws are draconian. We have given some suggestions to the government. We have said that land should not be acquired forcefully. The government should not acquire land for private projects and land taken for a project should not be left unutilised," the Railway Minister told a television channel.

On October 25, Banerjee had skipped the meeting convened by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to resolve differences with her party over the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill.

She had sent in writing to the government about her party`s suggestions to the Bill.

"We have also sought a pension scheme for land losers who are old and have no employable member in the family. We also want the problems of agricultural workers and share-croppers to be taken into consideration," she said.

In a reply to a question, Banerjee said that she was still open to setting up a railway factory on 600 acre of the nearly 1,000 acre Tata Motors land at Singur if the West Bengal government handed over the land to her ministry.

"If we get the land we will set up the factory on 600 acre and return the remaining 400 acre to unwilling land owners," she claimed.

PTI

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