Re: TATA had little to loose in Singur. - Whose brakes failed?
Dear Friends It is very easy for Mr. Prem Shankar Jha or for Mr.Chatterjee as to what Mr. Ratan Tata sjhould have offered to Farmers in Singur so as to satisfy them or Ms. Mamta Banerjee. For speedy industrial development, land has to be provided by the State Govt. A choice has to be made by the state and the policy makers and politicians as to whether they would like to continue with non sustainable agriculture or to go for speedy industrialization. In the latter case, the moot questions arises as to its impact on agriculture and how to rehabilitate the displaced farmers/ agri. labourers whose land is being acquired. The foremost need is that the good/ irrigated cultivable land should not be diverted for industrial development. India is otherwise having large tracks of waste land/ unirrigated land on which cultivation per se is non sustainable. For indus. development,only such land should be acquired. Also, atleast one person from each displaced family should be provided employment and should have long term profit sharing with the industrial project. It was not only for Mr. Tata to suggest various alternatives for rehabilitation of displaced farmers: equal responsibility lies on Ms. Banerjee and the state administration to offer various alternatives. It is the job of the State administration to create conducive climate for industrial development. While Tatas would be incurring losses in shifting the whole plant to a new site, ie Gujarat and the money spent on the site development, West Bengal and its people have lost the whole project and its long term enduring benefits in the fight for political supremacy. It is a sad day for the state of WB
G K Agrawal
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