Amendment in land law to allow entrepreneurs to hold more than 24 acres; leasing policy is eased too.

Kolkata West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has finally intervened to provide land to industry on easier conditions. The government has removed the ceiling of a maximum 24 acre that an industrial unit could buy in the state directly.

The West Bengal Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill 2012 introduced in the state legislature on Monday rectified the inconsistency, which the government itself created by adopting the policy of “no government acquisition.”

The Mamata Banerjee government will make few amendments in the West Bengal Land Reforms Act, 1955, in its bid to attract new investment in the state. The West Bengal Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2012, was passed in the state Assembly by 152-46 votes after the Opposition Left Front sought a division. This bill, once it becomes an act will, clear the hurdles in setting up industrial parks, IT hubs, bio-tech parks and financial hubs among others in the state.

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The Delhi Cabinet on Wednesday approved auctioning of fishing activities in 24 water bodies on gram sabha land in the Capital.

At a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, it was decided that fish culture would be encouraged in the water bodies and village ponds to overcome the problem of encroachment of such water bodies situated on gram sabha land.

The Delhi Cabinet today decided to encourage fish culture in villages in order to overcome encroachment activities over the water bodies situated under gram sabha land.

As dismal as their condition has been, the ponds in Delhi could soon get a new lease of life — in the form of fish culture.

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Islampur, Jan. 30: The North Dinajpur district administration has started the proceedings to return more than 70 acres of land to its rightful tribal owners in Ramganj.

KOLKATA, 23 JAN: Going a step ahead of what former land and land reforms reforms minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah had proposed about barring non-farmers from buying farmland, chief minister Mamata Bane