Singur agitation takes a toll on investments in West Bengal

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Work at Tata Motors Nano Plant in Singur

Work at Tata Motors Nano Plant in Singur

Agitation in Singur has hit the construction work in Singur. Only 20 % of construction workers are present at the site. Mamata’s threat to intensify the agitation has increased the worries of officers and engineers working in the factory. Tata Motors officials admit that some of workers have said that it is not possible for them to join work. A senior Tata Motors official said “Many of them have come from outside and are not used to such agitation. Their family members are also feeling scared and don’t want them to come to work. With every passing day, the situation is turning grim.”



Tata Motors recent statement to pull out from Singur has put question mark on Bharat Forge’s investment of Rs. 65000 million to set up a steel plant. Bharat Forge had signed an MoU with state government encouraged by Tata Motors Nano Car project. Not only Bharat Forge, a whole lot of investors had come to West Bengal because of Tata Nano Car Project. All these projects will be at stake if Tata pulls out. Similar uncertainties are prevalent over Tractors India Limited and Radial Tyres. Moreover Tata may also quit projects like Tata Realty Infrastructure, Tata Metaliks, Hoogly Met Coke and Power and Maithon Power Limited. Investors who have already signed MoU prefer to wait and watch. If Tata pulls out it will severely damage Brand Bengal.

At this juncture it is interesting to know whether at all Trinamool Chief’s demand is feasible and legal. The demand of returning 400 acres back to unwilling farmers by the Trinamool Chief, Mamata Banerjee is eyewash to the people. The demand of returning 400 acres back to farmers is illegal under Indian law. The Government of West Bengal in its land acquisition notification has said the land in Singur is taken for public use under public expense for employment generation and socio-economic development. In that notification the Government never said that land was to be given to Tata Motors. The land acquisition was made by government or government undertaking or development authority. In 1997, The Honorable Supreme Court of India has passed a judgment in a case between Government of Kerala vs. Pillai that once a land is taken by the government for public use it cannot be returned back. At the most it can only be used for some other public use or auctioned. Moreover even if the land is returned to farmers the land has become uncultivable after the construction work, so the farmers are set to lose anyway. Trinamool chief should stop public agitation for returning the land, instead should force government to pay a higher compensation package to landowners and share crop cultivators. All efforts should be made for betterment of people and not to gain political mileage in the next elections.


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I have a few questions on Mamata and Trinomul’s agitation in Singur.
Leave aside the impact ob industrialization in West Bengal, the basic question is whether Mamata is really a friend of the firmers or she is only a greedy political person having no long term view of development of West Bengal. It’s a that should seriously thought and answered.
What is her back ground as a “friend of the Farmers”?
1. She was a cabinet minister when the decision to reduce subsidy on fertilizers was taken by NDA government. Apart from a token protest she and her party endorsed the move.
2. Her party never ever moved when there were lots of cases of suicide in Andhra, Maharashtra and Gujarat. So being a farmer’s friend over night is a little suspect.
3. Whenever Trinamul does a movement, there are ample signature of CPI(ML) & Maoist involvement, whose ideology is still based upon “Janaganatantric biplab”, in line with China, where the mainstay of the movement was farmers. A pertinent question arises, “Is Mamata now a ‘PUPPET’ in the hands of the separatist Maoist? All indications point to that, even the way Nandigram movement was conducted, strongly looked like, that creation of a “Muktanchal’ was the main reason of the “Jami Bacchao Andolon”. This is a strong signature of separatist Maoist movement.

Next comes, what she did for her state when she had the chance as a Railway Minister. Nothing. Apart from allocating a token amount for “Tollygunj-Garia Metro”; her main deed was to rename a few existing trains and call them new.
So her claim to be a savior of West Bengal is a little suspect.
Even if the above is untrue, the signals she is sending out will make West Bengal the least attractive area for investment. Will that benefit West Bengal in the long run?

Somen Mitra in a TV interview (Ne TV, testerday, (28th August 2008) said, when there was no Durgapur Highway, wasn’t there movement in West Bengal? It’s as idiotic as it sounds. It is unworthy of a person like Somen to utter this.

Partha Chaterjee, (who has no sense of decency. Watch the same programme of Ne TV and you may agree to me.)in the same programme said that TATA has borrowed technogy for the Nano. Does he know that the shirt he was wearing was manufactured with a borrowed technology? How these uninformed people become leaders?

What our Gopal Babu (Aka Gandhi) is doing about it? And His Honour Nijjar, as I understand he rejected a petition today. “Kolkata, August 29: The Calcutta High Court refused to pass any interim order on a PIL seeking immediate clearance of the arterial Durgapur Expressway, which is under siege following the indefinite dharna by the Trinamool Congress at Singur.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice S S Nijjar and Justice Dipankar Dutta, declining to pass any order before hearing out the matter, directed the West Bengal government and the petitioner to file affidavits stating their positions in this regard.” But there was a suomoto action from all these people.

But both Gujarat & Punjab both are interested in Nano Project to move to their state. I wonder who is the agent here. Mamata. I hope these people has the guts to get me on the dock.

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