A book on land reforms was released by West Bengal Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra at Oxford Book Store here on Wednesday. An open interactive session was also organized at the event.
Titled as "Land And All That, Land And Land Reforms In West Bengal : Perspective India", the book is written by Parimal Bandyopadhyay, an administrative member of West Bengal Land Reforms and Tenancy Tribunal.
The book is an enhanced version of Parimal´s Bengali work on the same subject, "Bhumi O Bhumi Sanskar - Sekal Ekal", written in 2008.
Besides Mitra, Land Reforms Commissioner and state Principle Secretary R.D. Meena was present as the special guest.
Mitra said on the occasion, "The basic object of the book is to provide the history of land reforms in West Bengal. The political will seems to be missing to reform land but not in West Bengal."
"The author will help us symplify land reforms in the future through his book," said Meena.
Parimal answered some queries of the audience at the interactive session.
"Tebhaga agitation and Barga act have been detailed in the book," he said.
During the post launch session, Parimal clarified his views to the media. "I believe, West Bengal is on the driving seat as far as the land reform is concerned," he asserted.
"The land reform bill, which is to be tabled before Parliament in April, is commendable but we have to see how far it is practicable to cater to the needs of the farmers," he said.
Commenting on the SEZ status being provided to IT giant Infosys, he clarified, "SEZ is an independent status. It will not pay anything to the state government. I personally am opposed to the view that SEZ should be provided to Infosys."
Reacting on his endeavour to pen down the book in English, he commented, "After the success of the Bengali book I received requests from my non bengali friends to compose it in English. I just fulfilled their wish."
The English edition has altogether 18 chapters and is priced Rs. 795.
(Reporting by Gourab Gupta)