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The Bill had been moved in a hurriedly convened session of the State Assembly
The Opposition did not participate in the voting on the Bill, having walked out of the House
KOLKATA: Governor M. K. Narayanan has given his assent to the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Bill, 2011 ,which had been passed in the West Bengal Assembly on June 14.
The Bill that had been moved in a hurriedly convened session of the State Assembly provides for taking over by the State Government the land leased to Tata Motors for its small car project and ancillary units at Singur so that certain portions of it can be returned to the farmers who had handed over their plots against their wishes and had not accepted any compensation.
“The Governor has assented to the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Bill, 2011,” the State's Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee said here on Monday, citing a communication to the State administration from Raj Bhavan.
“Now a notification will be issued, to be followed by the framing of rules by a committee,” he said.
The rules will determine the process of returning the equivalent quantum of land acquired from “unwilling” farmers.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has stated that 400 acres of such land would be given back to the farmers (out of a total of 997.17 acres acquired for Tata Motors' Nano project).
The Opposition had not participated in the voting on the Bill, having walked out of the House pointing out that the Bill would, among other things, create a divide among the farmers concerned at Singur.
The issue of return of land to farmers from whom their plots were acquired “forcibly” had become a major political issue with Ms. Banerjee leading a movement against such acquisition that finally led to Tata Motors pulling out from Singur.
The Bill states that the State Government will be taking back the land leased to Tata Motors in view of the company non-commissioning and abandoning its small car project at Singur.
On the day the Bill was passed in the State Assembly, Tata Motors in a statement said it would take appropriate steps after studying the Bill. It had pointed out that the decision to pull out the Nano small car project from Singur was an immensely painful decision forced on it by the prevailing circumstances.
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