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                              Govt is acting as a broker says Chiru
Hyderabad: Praja Rajyam Party chief Chiranjeevi today joined issue with Andhra Pradesh Major Industries Minister J Geeta Reddy over development of special economic zones (SEZs), suggesting the Congress Government in the state take a cue from Gujarat.

"Let them visit Gujarat and see what the state government there is doing. Gujarat Government is playing the role of a facilitator and not a broker in the promotion of SEZs," the actor-politician said in reaction to Reddy's suggestion that he first visit West Bengal to study the SEZ policy in the Left-ruled state.

In Gujarat, industrialists purchased land directly from farmers for setting up SEZs while the state government only developed the required infrastructure, Chiranjeevi said.

"It's a peculiar situation in Andhra Pradesh where the Government is acting as a broker and acquiring land for rich industrialists at the cost of poor farmers," the actor-turned- politician, who visited affected farmers at Polepalli SEZ in Mahaboobnagar district, alleged.

He pointed out the SEZ Act clearly specified that farmers, whose lands were acquired for setting up trade zones, should be made stake-holders in the respective projects.

"The onus is on the government to ensure that affected farmers get their due. It can't acquire land at throwaway prices from farmers and sell it at exorbitant rates to industrialists. It should share the profit thus accrued with the farmers," Chiranjeevi stated.


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