`WB not to acquire agri-land for irrigation unless needed`

Last Updated: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 18:00

Kolkata: Acknowledging problems in its
land acquisition policy, the West Bengal government has
decided not to acquire any agricultural plots for irrigation
purpose unless necessary, a senior state minister said on Saturday.

"We had some problems in land acquisition policy and
we failed to convince the farmers about the need of acquiring
land," state Land and Land Revenue Minister Abdul Rezzak
Mollah told a rally at Bhangar in South 24 Parganas.

The government, he said, had also decided that it
would not acquire land for irrigation but if it becomes
absolutely necessary then "proper compensation" would be
provided to the affected families.

He attacked Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee
for making false statements on land acquisition. "She is
trying to woo the minority community with false promises."

The veteran CPI(M) leader also accused the Trinamool
of blaming the Left parties for the violence which it was
perpetrating across the state.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 18:00
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