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Incorrect Information

The article “Land Acquisition and Compensation: What Really Happened in Singur?” by Ghatak et al (EPW, 25 May 2013) is an elaborate work full of data and calculations. However, the description of the project-affected villages in the paper reflects the authors’ lack of adequate and correct knowledge/information.

First, under the heading “Singur Episode: A Short Summary”, the authors have asserted that the area acquired in Singur is about 90 km from Kolkata. The distance between Singur and Kolkata is hardly more than 40 km. Second, under the heading “Survey Design and Data” the authors have claimed that the survey has been conducted in 12 villages in Singur Census Town. Singur Census Town is a small entity of Singur C D Block. All six sample project-affected villages are located outside the Singur Census Town. The authors should have consulted concerned block development office to authenticate the information before making it public. The villages Beraberi and Joymolla are successively seven and eight km away from this town. Third, land has also been acquired from the revenue village Babur Bheri which has been missed out and in its place, Joymolla has been put in. Joymolla is a non-revenue village under Beraberi revenue village. If non-revenue villages are considered, at least 15 more villages will enter the scene as villages that have lost land. Only one out of six sample unaffected villages drawn for the study is adjacent to the project-affected villages, i e, Jompukur, located to the west of Beraberi revenue village. The rest are not adjacent. The sample unaffected villages Ghanshyampur, Raghunathpur, Simulpukur, Bahrampur are several kilometres away from the project-affected villages.

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