Bangla CM to hand over land pattas in Hills

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be handing over land rights documents (pattas) to more than 400 families residing in the forest villages of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts on September 5, during her visit to the Hills.

She will be handing over the land rights documents to about 300 families of Darjeeling district and more than 100 families from Kalimpong district.

A review meeting between the state government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) officials was held recently in Darjeeling to work out the modalities.

In Darjeeling district, 1,509 claims were received from the Scheduled Tribe communities residing in the forest villages, along with 1,232 claims from Other Traditional Forest Dwellers.

In Kalimpong district, there were 3,376 claims from the ST community and 4,626 from other communities.

There are 59 forest villages in Darjeeling-Pulbazar block, 31 in Jorebungalow-Sukhia block, 11 in Rungli Rungliot block, 21 in Kurseong block, four in Mirik block, 21 in Kalimpong-1 block, 18 in Kalimpong-2 block and 18 in the Gorubathan block.

Source: Millennium Post

WB Govt committed to improve transport infrastructure: Mamata Baneerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her government was committed to improve the entire transport infrastructure in the state.

Replying to a question in the state Assembly, Ms Banerjee said already several steps have been taken to improve the sector, but many more measures would be taken in the years to come to facilitate passengers.

Stating that the entire transport system had been thrown out of gear during the erstwhile Left Front regime, Ms Banerjee said her government has increased the number of buses, taxis and other modes of transport, besides removing hurdles for good administration in the sector.

A high power administrative committee has also been appointed to look after development in the sector.

Regretting that the Centre has curtailed many of its projects like Mid-Day Meal, housing for urban poor, ICDS and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana etc, Ms Banerjee said her government was trying to take up various development schemes on its own for the betterment of the people.

Replying to another question, Ms Banerjee said so far her government has issued land pattas to three lakh families in the state, while it would be given to 30,000 more families soon.

These pattas include community land patta, forest land patta and agricultural land patta, she said adding beneficiaries were selected on the basis of socio-economic class census.

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West Bengal excels in distribution of land to poor, landless people

West Bengal Government under Trinamool Congress has achieved a huge feat in Land and Land Reforms in 2011, in spite of the of the land reforms movement taken up by the erstwhile Left Government during its 34 years tenure.

From distribution of land pattas to landless farmers to allotments made in budget in the land reforms sector, from collection of land revenues to transparent patta distribution policy, the Trinamool Government has excelled in every sphere only within a period of four years.

Distribution of Land Pattas

In the last two years of the Left rule, the pattas given to landless families were a total of 41, 304, i.e. 5082 in 2009-10 and 36,222 in 2010-11.

In comparison, in 2012-13 the Trinamool Government distributed 62,781 pattas and in 2013-14, it distributed 1, 06,544 pattas, which is 1, 69,325 pattas to landless families in just two years. The average numbers of pattas distributed are 84,663 per year, which averages thrice as much as the past Left Government.

In the past four years, more than 2.5 lakh families were distributed with land pattas.

Transparent policy regarding patta distribution

• Landless and poor families are distributed with a maximum 5 decimal of land

• The land which is being distributed is from the Khas lands of the Government or is bought by the Government

• The flagship programme has been named Nijo Griha Nijo Bhumi

• The Government aims at providing land pattas to all the landless poor families in rural Bengal

Yearly planned expenditure towards Land and Land reforms have increased

In the last four years of the Left Government the yearly planned expenditure towards Land and Land Reforms during 2007-2011 was Rs 82.67 crore. In the four years of Trinamool Government from 2011-2015, the expenditure has been 207.64 crores.

Success in collection of land revenues

In the last two years of the Left rule, the land revenues collected was Rs 520.62 crores. In 2009-10, the collection was Rs 244.08 crores and in 2010-2011, it was Rs 276.54 crores. In two years under the Trinamool Government, land revenues collected is Rs 1036.45 crores. In 2012-13, the revenues collected are Rs 483.71 crores and in 2013-14 it was Rs 552.74 crores. On an average, in the last two years in comparison to to Rs 260.31 crores collected by the Left Government, the Trinamool Government has collected Rs 518.23 crores.

In the financial year 2014-15, till December 2014, the Trinamool Government has already collected Rs 429 crores as revenue in nine months, which s expected to be around Rs 600 crores at the end of the financial year in March.


Trinamool Government has been under attack by the media in association with the opposition parties. The real reason of the slander campaign is simple enough. The opposition parties have no other way to counter the developmental surge made by the Trinamool Congress.

Results are out and the opposition has failed, support-wise, democratically and by performance. Thanks to Mamata Banerjee and the Maa Mati Manush Government, West Bengal has witnessed a real Poriborton.