Even as West Bengal is investor-friendly, there is an issue about land acquisition in the State Governor M K Narayanan said here on Thursday.
“West Bengal is industry-friendly. But there is an issue…it will be addressed,” he said.
Mr Narayanan made the comments at the sidelines of INFOCOM 2012, the annual summit for Information and Technology in the State.
Industrialists and chambers of commerce in the State have expressed their concerns over the land policy of the Trinamool Congress government and its refusal to acquire land for large industrial units in the State.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had re-emphasised earlier this week her government’s stand not to acquire land for industry and industrialists will have to purchase land from farmers directly.
“We are waiting for the Centre to come out with its policy on land before we come out with our land policy. However, we have decided in principle that there will be no forcible land acquisition,” Ms Banerjee had said on Tuesday.
She was addressing villagers at Loba village in Dubrajpur area of the State’s Birbhum district where violence had erupted over a long pending dispute related to land acquisition.
Though the limit for acquiring land is set at 24 acres, the Trinamool Congress government had passed Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2012 in April this year to allow business establishment to hold more than 24 acres of land in rural areas.
Last month Ms Banerjee had said that the State was willing to grant concessions on holding land provided the industrialists apply to the government and acquire it with the consent of farmers.
She had also said that the industrialists will have to give no–objection certificates from villagers before applying for holdings larger than the permissible limit.