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400 acres to be returned to Singur farmers: Mamata

Returning 400 acres of the Singur Nano plant land to unwilling farmers will be one of top objectives of the new government in Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced minutes after her first cabinet meeting.

kolkata Updated: May 21, 2011 00:59 IST
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Returning 400 acres of the Singur Nano plant land to unwilling farmers will be one of top objectives of the new government in Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced minutes after her first cabinet meeting.

"We have discussed some important issues in our first cabinet meeting today. We have decided to handover 400 acres from the Tata Motors project to the unwilling farmers. We will do it as per the law. Tatababura raji thakle 600 acre-e industry korben. (The Tatas can do their industry on 600 acres if they are interested to do so," she said.

She also announced her government would come out with a white paper relating to the agreement between the Left Front government and the Tatas on the small car project.

The chief minister also promised to uplift the condition of the minorities and indicated that she would seek the help of retired justice Rajinder Sachar in the matter.

"We would prepare a package for the development of the minorities according to the recommendations made by justice Sachar. It will be very helpful to us if he comes to our state. We will follow his constructive views for the development of the minorities," Banerjee said.

Hinting at ultra-Left activists, she said many political prisoners are spending days in the correctional homes owing to the vindictive acts of the previous government. The new government would form a review committee comprising a former justice and human rights activists to look into this issue.

However, Mamata was non committal on her long-standing demand for withdrawal of joint forces from the Maoists-dominated three districts West Midnapore, Bakura and Purulia. While replying to media queries on her future strategy on withdrawal of the joint forces she avoided the issue saying, "I will let you know after cross checking it."