West Bengal Industries Minister Nirupam Sen said here on Thursday that a unique comprehensive rehabilitation package for land-losers has been formulated and will be put in place in areas where industrial units are to come up.
At an event where “letters of allotment” and “permissive possession certificates” were handed over to 13 investors for setting up units in south Bengal on a total of 1210.76 acres of land acquired by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, Mr. Sen said the package would include benefits for the sharecroppers who have been engaged there and financial compensation for the agricultural workers in areas acquired.
Another unique feature is that a small proportion of the land acquired would be handed over for “commercial use” to erstwhile land-owners after being developed.
The sharecroppers connected with the plots acquired would be given 25 per cent of the price of the land acquired in addition to the amount paid to the land-owners that have been determined on the basis of market rates and through negotiations. The farm workers will be given a package worth 250 days of wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. One member of the land-loser's family would be given training in skill development for employment.