Kolkata: To check looming food crisis in the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is planning to bring a new bill that seeks to prevent changes in the use of agriculture land to other purposes. Mamata has ordered the officials of Land Reforms department to prepare the draft bill to be tabled in the Budget Session of the state assembly.

In view of mismanagement in the Land & Land Reforms Department during the previous Left Front government, the Chief Minister has retained the said portfolio.

Earlier, Mamata Banerjee had asked senior officials of the Department to take steps to prevent sale of agriculture land for other purposes, but the officials suggested her to bring a bill in the assembly to prevent sale of agriculture land.

If the bill is passed in the assembly, then a permission from the government would become mandatory for purchasing agriculture land. Further, the buyer of the land would have to file an affidavit that he will not use the agriculture land for any other purpose.

The Chief Minister has also made it clear to the industrialists that the state government will not acquire land for them and that they will have to purchase the land directly from land holders.

JPN/Bureau