‘Job-for-Land’ Policy scrapped by Ministry of Railways, says Adhir

Hooghly/Kolkata: The Ministry of Railways has stopped its job-for-land policy due to lack of employment options, Union Minister of State for Railways Mr.Adhir Chowdhury said on Sunday in Hooghly. He was there to flag off a pilot project in which geotextile will be used to strengthen the ground along the tracks – a first in India.

“Earlier, the railways had a policy where one would be provided with job in exchange for land. But we have been unable to maintain this as providing employment is proving to be too difficult,” the Congress MP said. When asked why work was not being done on the proposed rail project at Dankuni-Furfura Sharif, he cited trouble with land acquisition. He also accused the Mamata Banerjee government of not cooperating in the East-West Metro project.

Chowdhury announced the use of jute technology to boost train speed on the Dankuni-Balighat and Dankuni-Baltikuri routes. “Between the rocks and the ground, a sheet of jute will be laid,” he explained. Subrata Gupta, commissioner of Jute Corporation of India (JCI), said the organization and railways have a deal where JCI will supply jute.

He expressed hope that jute farmers will have a better market in Murshidabad, Hooghly and Nadia, thanks to this project. “If the state government uses jute technology for river embankment or to build roads, it will be hugely beneficial. The jute technology will boost travel speed especially where ground is soft along the tracks,” Gupta said.

The minister also visited a diesel locomotive and electric locomotive factory at Dankuni. On being asked by reporters about a Trinamool MP demanding a CBI probe into the Saradha scam, he retorted that the “West Bengal government as a whole should be investigated by the agency”. “There is no democracy in Bengal, but autocracy,” he said.