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
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.