A day after the Supreme Court verdict on Singur, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said farmers would get back their land within the stipulated time-frame set by the apex court and the land would also be made cultivable before being returned.
“It was a landmark judgment. We will stick to the court order religiously,” Mamata told mediapersons after an emergency strategic meeting called at Nabanna, the state secretariat, to formulate the strategy for implementing the Supreme Court’s order.
“Land survey would begin tomorrow and be completed within two weeks. A field survey would be conducted within four weeks, following which the physical possession of the land would be handed over to the farmers,” Mamata said. At least one state minister would be present at the spot to oversee the entire process.
She added, “The areas which are not arable would be made cultivable. Those who have received the compensation would get back their lands and the ones who had not accepted the compensation would get their money from the Hooghly district administration as well as their lands.”
“All bargadars (share-croppers) will also be back in their respective positions. Their names would be re-recorded from the official records at the settlement offices.This was not in the court order but we will do it,” the chief minister said, adding that a notification in this regard would be issued today itself.
The meeting chaired by Mamata today was attended by state ministers Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee and Malay Ghatak, chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee, home secretary Malay De and PWD secretary Indeevar Pandey, among others.
Parts of the 997-acre land in Singur have been filled up with fly ash, rubbish and sand along with construction of several concrete structures turned them uncultivable, the CM said. “The government has taken the onus to make the land, parts of which are now concrete, cultivable,” assured Mamata. She said the process will begin with the removal of a sub-station set up by a state-owned power distribution company on 47 acres.
Mamata would set off for Rome on Friday to attend the canonisation ceremony of Mother Teresa and on her way back, she would go to Munich in Germany for an interactive session with industrialists there. “While I am away, one of the ministers, either Partha Chatterjee or Subrata Mukherjee or Firhad Hakim, will be at Nabanna to monitor work. Should there be any problem, they can get in touch with me,” Mamata said.