West Bengal Cabinet approves land allotment policy

The state Cabinet on Thursday approved a land allotment policy saying it would "introduce transparency".

According to Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee, industrialists can apply for land along with their Detailed Project Report (DPR). According to him, the standing committee of the Assembly on industries will examine the proposal and decide on them. "While in some cases bids will be invited, in some cases land will be allotted on merit," he told mediapersons.

"There was no transparency for land allotment and pricing for industry or commercial purpose. This government intends to introduce the same," he said.

However, the policy has not changed the government's stand on Special Economic Zone.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet captains of industry in Delhi on December 17. Chatterjee said along with ITC, 14 projects received approval for land. He said ITC would be alloted 15 acre, but pricing was yet to be decided.

Sops for farmers

With the panchayat elections ahead, the Cabinet approved sops for farmers like one time assistance of Rs 8,000 for powering pumpsets. Beside this, the state will offer between Rs 10,000 and Rs 45,000 for buying mechanised agri inputs through kisan credit cards. The state government approved an Indian Institute of Information Technology at Kalyani on 100 acre.

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