On Sept 14, Bengal to return Singur land to farmers

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will return the land ownership to 9,117 farmers in Singur on September 14 and cheques to 800 farmers who have not taken money.

New Delhi: Acting upon the landmark verdict of Supreme Court quashing the acquisition of land in Singur by the erstwhile Left Front government, the West Bengal government announced that it will hand over the first lot of cheques and title deeds on Wednesday to farmers who refused to accept compensation earlier.

The Supreme Court's verdict will be followed, she said. Last week, she had issued a notification and initiated the process of returning the land to farmers in Singur.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress secretary-general and Education Minister Partha Chatterjee mentioned that it would be the sole discretion of farmers to decide whether new industrial units will be set up in Singur.

“Farmers will indeed decide what they want. We have been true to our commitment of returning the land to farmers in Singur,” Mr. Chatterjee told The Hindu, while denying media reports that the Chief Minister might seek a “referendum” asking the people to vote for agriculture or industry in Singur. 

News24 Bureau