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Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal Government is likely to add Singur movement to school syllabus

The land of 997.11 acres was acquired for setting up Tata's small car-Nano factory in 2006 and the acquisition was vehemently protested by the peasants of Singur

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Kolkata, September 3, 2016: The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on Friday said it is considering to incorporate the peasant’s movement in the state’s Singur in school syllabus and sending a proposal to the Syllabus Committee for its observation and evaluation.

“(State) school education department received proposals from all the sections of the society requesting to incorporate historical win of peasants in Singur in the school syllabus. The department is sending the entire matter to school syllabus committee for its observations and evaluation,” said Education Minister Partha Chatterjee.

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Welcoming the proposal, State Syllabus Committee Chairman Aveek Majumder said: “We will discuss with educational experts, education minister and all concerned people about how to incorporate the it in the syllabus.”

The land of 997.11 acres was acquired for setting up Tata’s small car-Nano factory in 2006. The acquisition was vehemently protested by the peasants of Singur.

Demanding return of 400 acres to “unwilling farmers” (from whom land was allegedly taken against their will), the then opposition Trinamool Congress-led byMamata Banerjeespearheaded a violent and sustained peasants movement that ultimately forced the automobile giants to shift its plant to Sanand in Gujarat.

Subsequently, civil society organisations, state government and Tatas moved to Calcutta High Court for seeking justice. The matter moved to Supreme Court.

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The apex court on Wednesday set aside the land acquisition by the previous Left Front Government in West Bengal and ordered to return the land to the owners within 12 weeks.

“In recent times, no mass movements except Singur have got recognition from the apex court. Student must learn it. Education Minister’s proposal is welcome and it is a right decision,” said Trinamool Congress Vice President Mukul Roy.

Opposition have termed the move as “a political decision”. (IANS)

 

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    court Justice Misra said the State’s policy to establish a small car industry
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    indeed qualify to be for a public purpose. SO , WHAT WENT WRONG ?

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    Supreme
    court Justice Misra said the State’s policy to establish a small car industry
    would have “ultimately benefited the people and the very purpose of
    industrialisation.” The factory would have opened up job opportunities in the
    State and attracted investment. Justice Mishra concluded the acquisition did
    indeed qualify to be for a public purpose. SO , WHAT WENT WRONG ?

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