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Milestones achieved by Left in West Bengal

Milestones achieved by the Left Front in West Bengal.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2007 02:32 IST

1977:

Left Front comes to power in West Bengal, with Jyoti Basu as chief minister, on June 21


1978:

Land reforms initiated, with government acquiring 13 lakh acres and distributing it among 25 lakh landless households. Of all the surplus land distributed in India, a fifth is in Bengal


1978:

Operation Barga implemented, benefiting 14 lakh sharecroppers. Also empowers 5.5 lakh women by giving them land title deeds


1978:

Three-tier Panchayati Raj system introduced, first time in India, decentralising power and promoting local self-governance


1980-81:

Land reforms results begin to show, with agricultural production rising 136% over previous decade. Even higher rise in 2000-01: 180%


1994:

Left Front announces an industrial policy


1995:

Women given reservation in one-third of seats and chairpersons’ positions in Panchayati Raj system


1999:

Number of primary schools rises to 1.23 crore from 57 lakh in 1978; life expectancy rises to 72 years, third-best in country


2000:

Left Front announces new policy on industrial promotion and economic development, welcoming foreign technology and investment and private investment in key areas


2000:

Ailing Jyoti Basu steps down after 23 years in power, the longest tenure by any Indian chief minister. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee takes over


2001:

Buddhadeb wins first election as chief minister, ushers in sweeping industrial reforms


2006:

Left wins a 7th straight time, with CPI(M) alone holding majority

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