This paper reports results of a household survey in 12 Singur villages, six in which lands were acquired for the Tata car factory, and six neighbouring villages, with random sampling of households within each village.

Tata Motors is likely to renew the lease agreement for the land at Singur as it awaits a final verdict from the Supreme Court on the Singur Act case.

Confirming the development, a Tata Motors spokesperson said, “We will renew the Singur land lease and continue to pay the prevailing rate (rate decided as per the agreement).”

CM Mamata Banerjee's emphasis on rigid land policy has pleased farming community, not industry

After a historical victory on the plank of Maa-Maati-Manush (mother-land-people), the Trinamool Congress government grappled with major economic issues during the year, which experts say, would warrant dramatic reversal of policies on issues such as land acquisition. It is felt the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's emphasis on a rigid land policy has pleased the farming community but not the industry.

In case, the present Act is struck down by the Supreme Court, says a senior Cabinet member

The Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal is considering the possibility of framing a new law to return land to unwilling farmers in Singur, if the present Act is struck down by the Supreme Court, a senior member of her Cabinet said. Addressing a gathering at Singur to mark the death of Tapasi Mallik, Labour Minister Purnendu Bose said: “If it is seen that the existing law formulated by the government to return land to the ‘unwilling’ farmers at Singur is not acceptable to the apex court… then a new law may be framed.”

Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to junk Bengal’s decade-old industry policy drawn up by the Jyoti Basu government in 1994 and adopt a new one in keeping with changing realities.

The violence in Dubrajpur in Bengal’s Birbhum district by villagers protesting against land acquisition by a private coal mining company has a strong resemblance to similar campaigns in Singur and

The abrupt land acquisition resulted in farmers taking up menial jobs such as those under contract labour and housekeeping

The extensive highways in New Town at Rajarhat, a township on the fringes of this city, are dotted with sporadic high-rise buildings housing a remarkably high number of young office workers. However, the concept of a modern township is belied by vast open fields, which, incidentally, are also some of the largest grazing grounds in the city.

‘The moment case is resolved in SC, it will be returned to farmers’

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the land at the disputed site at Singur belonged to the West Bengal government and not to the Tatas, which unsuccessfully sought to set up a small car factory there. Addressing a public rally at Nimtauri in Purba Medinipur district, she said: “There is a [Supreme] Court case pending on the issue and the moment it is resolved, we will return the land to farmers as promised,” adding her government was also extending them help.But Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra questioned her claim.

Going through the data and analysis by Buddhadeb Ghosh the information about 6% of the stated unwilling land­owners holding 36% of the land points ­towards a clear class contradiction. What also contributed to this perception is that during the movement and even in the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, the neglected issue is the question of the fate of landless agricultural labourers, lessee cultivators, i e, the rural poor, who by sheer numbers qualify to be the most adversely affected section in the scenario.

Buddhadeb Ghosh (“What Made the ‘Unwilling Farmers’ Unwilling? A Note on Singur”, EPW, 11 August 2012) has made important observations that help us understand the Singur story better. However, I fi nd some of his arguments problematic. (Letters)