Bengal rehab package for Singur farmers

Bengal rehab package for Singur farmers
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First Published: Wed, Jun 20 2007. 12 16 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Jun 20 2007. 12 16 AM IST
The West Bengal government on Tuesday announced a rehabilitation package for farmers displaced by the Tata Motors project at Singur even as Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee termed it as “rotten” and threatened of intensified stir.
The package envisages training, identification of employment opportunities through close coordination with Tata Motors Ltd in various activities and trades and preparing a socio-economic database of people affected by the project.
Unveiling the package, industries minister Nirupam Sen set aside the demand by the Trinamool Congress, saying, “There is no chance of returning any acquired land at Singur under any circumstance...No land can be returned to farmers whether they gave it willingly or unwillingly for the Tata Motors project.”
Focusing on rehabilitation through creation of adequate man-days or by upgrading existing skills, the package includes training in catering, computers, masonry, cable harnessing, electronic products, production of daily use items in the plant and in community development work.
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First Published: Wed, Jun 20 2007. 12 16 AM IST