KOLKATA: City industrialists are pushing the West Bengal government to come up with an e-commerce site that would allow entrepreneurs to buy and sell land parcels. The portal will not only bring in transparency in land deals, but also encourage industrialists to monetise land tracts of factories which have downed shutters.
The idea was recently floated before WB commerce & industries minister Amit Mitra during an interactive session with industrialists and Ficci (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) members.
Elaborating, Keventer Group chairman MK Jalan said land acquisition is a sensitive issue which requires transparency. "Land transactions on a state government online platform will address the issue and enable entrepreneurs to get a fair deal with demand-supply determining the price of the land parcel," he said.
"Our proposal is in line with the state government's move to implement e-governance system in various government departments," Jalan added. During the interaction, the finance minister claimed that the state has some 1,00,000 acres lying with its different departments which was readily available for setting up industries and another 22,000 acres of land tracts of factories which have downed shutters. He requested the apex chamber to help the state government in its effort to unlock these land tracts.
"Ficci can set up a core committee which will not only identify these lands and industrialists but will also act as a mediator between state government and owners of these units to free the locked lands spread across the state. We will have to work together on this as it involves both business and government," the finance minister said. Highlighting the progress of the state in various fields during the last four years of Trinamool Congress rule, Mitra said all macro-parameters like per capita income, plan expenditure as well as capital expenditure has improved while e-governance measures has pushed the state's domes tic product growth. Mitra also said that the state had bagged the "highest award" for e-governance among other states this year.
Seamless implementation of egovernance across departments had helped in reducing time, decreasing rent seeking and increased transparency, he said. Through the successful implementation of e-governance system in the various government departments, especially digitized signature system, file tracking and commercial taxation through online has helped in morphing the state's tax mobilization process to a new high. The successful implementation of e-governance has spurred the growth rate as the state's GDP now stands at 10.48 per cent.