Asim Dasgupta, the Finance Minister of West Bengal, said that the state government is against forcible acquisition of land, and it will encourage industry to acquire land of its own by providing adequate compensation to the affected people. However, the state government will help industry in case it really faces problems and required to need support from the government.
Mr. Dasgupta, after placing the Finance Appropriation Bill, 2009, in the Assembly, said: "The State government will not go in for forcible acquisition of land for industry, who will be encouraged to go for direct purchase of the land according to their need."
Meanwhile, the government has scraped the 85-km Raichak-Barasat road project, with estimated land requirement of 3000 acres. The FM said: "We do not feel that the project should be implemented at this juncture."
Talking about the Nano land controversy, the FM said that some people don't want industrial development of the state for their vested interests. However, the government is committed to overall development of the state, considering its impact on farmers and other affected families.
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