A small learn for Karnataka from West Bengal

The issue of the sale of large tracts of farm land by State governments—land obtained from farmers at rock bottom prices—to industrialists is not an issue bugging Karnataka alone. It’s playing out in Punjab and Haryana, too, where critics have questioned the use of the principle of “eminent domain” to gift thousands of acres on a platter to land-hungry investors. But, the West Bengal government seems to have hit upon an interesting formula which will make the land available for investors and yet protect the interests of farmers.