Former chief minister Jyoti Basu said in Kolkata today
that West Bengal government would postpone its ongoing
industrialisation drive for three months to take up an
extensive campaign to convince people that industries
would not be promoted at the cost of agriculture.
said, "The industrialisation drive has been postponed
for three months. During this time, our party activists
and those of our mass organisations will go to the people
and convince them that industrialisation would not take
place at the cost of agriculture."
said that there had been a misunderstanding on the issue
of SEZs, which could have been avoided if "we had
convinced the people. The campaign should have been undertaken
Front chairman and CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose,
however, said there was neither a decision to postpone
the industrialisation drive, nor to go overboard with
whether the non-placement of the West Bengal Land Reforms
(Amendment) Bill, 2006, before the assembly would affect
the state's industrialisation process, Basu replied in
the negative. "I have heard that it is difficult
to place the bill in the assembly. Perhaps it is not coming.
But it will not affect industrialisation."
three other front majors -- the CPI, Forward Bloc and
RSP -- had said yesterday that they were against SEZs
and the move to relax the land ceiling act to enable acquisition
of larger land holding for industry.
whether the bill would be placed before the house, Bose
said it was upto the government to take a decision on
bill, which sought to raise land ceiling for SEZs and
new generation industries, had faced stiff opposition
from the front allies CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP. The bill
is at present with the Assembly
the Centre giving clearance to Rs2,250 crore in FDI by
the Indonesia-based Salim group for infrastructure projects
in the state, Basu said, "It is good that the Centre
has given clearance."