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Land Acquisition Act draconian: Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 as "draconian" while the Singur bill would show the way for the entire country.

kolkata Updated: Jun 14, 2011 20:47 IST

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 as "draconian" while the Singur bill would show the way for the entire country.

Participating in the debate in the Assembly over the Singur land rehabilitation and development bill, 2011, she said that the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, has been a cause of suffering to a large number of countrymen as it was "draconian".

Banerjee said that she had conveyed her reservations about the Act to the Centre which was amending it.

Banerjee said that the Singur land rand development bill, 2011, would show the way to the people not only in West Bengal but the entire country.

She said that her government was formulating a land policy and had formed an expert committee.

Stating that her government would not acquire land forcibly, Banerjee said whatever land might be required for projects in public interest would be taken on the basis of financial packages for land-losers and by involving the gram sabhas and the panchayats.

Banerjee said that her government was also in the process of preparing a package for agricultural labourers affected by acquisition of agricultural land.