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SEZ policy should be scrapped

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/PoliticsN… GIRISH KUBERTIMES NEWS NETWORK[ FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007 03:59:54 AM] MUMBAI: The Manmohan Singh government should scrap its SEZ policy as many lacunas in it have been exposed, the threat to food security being just one, says BJP MP Kashiram Rana, also the convenor of the parliamentary committee on SEZs. In an exclusive interview to ET, a day after 15 lives were lost in Nandigram, West Bengal, in a protest against a chemical hub in the region, the BJP leader from Gujarat lashed out at the Centre’s obsession for SEZs. His views assume significance because as head of the Parliamentary panel he had recently toured Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, […]

Govt. to probe Nandigram clash

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/govt-to-probe-nandigra… Sougata Mukhopadhyay, CNN-IBN, Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 22:54 VIOLENCE SRIKES: The question that remains unanswered is what led the government to precipitate the clash. Nandigram: At least 11 people were dead in clashes on Wednesday between villagers and police in Nandigram. The Rajya Sabha was forced to adjourn over it and the Home ministry is investigating the incident. The administration however, was once again taken by surprise by the resistance offered after a gap of three months. When police contingents tried to enter Nandigram, villagers resisted and reportedly started pelting stones and hurling crude bombs. And police started firing in retaliation. “The police faced heavy brick bating. […]

Nandigram: CPM faces political backlash

http://www.ndtv.com/morenews/showmorestory.asp?slu… Sandeep PhukanWednesday, March 14, 2007 (New Delhi): The Nandigram violence on Wednesday has resulted in a strong political backlash against the CPM.Soon after the news of protesters being killed broke, Opposition MLAs stormed out of the West Bengal Assembly. In fact, the political shockwaves of the violence reached Parliament too.The significance of the incident was made clearer when even smaller Left parties had no hesitation in criticizing the CPM.The CPI’s General Secretary AB Bardhan led the charge. “The kind of police action at Nandigram is unheard of in Left rule, which I condemn severely,” Bardhan told State Secretary Manju Kumar Majumder.“What can we say when our own government doesn’t […]

Nandigram: CPM faces political backlash

http://www.ndtv.com/morenews/showmorestory.asp?slu… Sandeep PhukanWednesday, March 14, 2007 (New Delhi): The Nandigram violence on Wednesday has resulted in a strong political backlash against the CPM.Soon after the news of protesters being killed broke, Opposition MLAs stormed out of the West Bengal Assembly. In fact, the political shockwaves of the violence reached Parliament too.The significance of the incident was made clearer when even smaller Left parties had no hesitation in criticizing the CPM.The CPI’s General Secretary AB Bardhan led the charge. “The kind of police action at Nandigram is unheard of in Left rule, which I condemn severely,” Bardhan told State Secretary Manju Kumar Majumder.“What can we say when our own government doesn’t […]

Nadigram violence kills 14

http://www.ndtv.com/topstories/showtopstory.asp?sl… Monideepa Banerjie, Bano Haralu, Sourav Sanyal Wednesday, March 14, 2007 (Nandigram): On Wednesday, once again violence erupted in Nandigram and at least 14 people have died and 30 injured in clashes between police and protesters. The trouble started when a large police force tried to break the Nandigram blockade. However, they were confronted by a 5000-strong mob which began hurling bricks on them. The police resorted with teargas and a mild lathicharge and then rubber bullets. But when the villagers started shooting with pipe guns, the police opened fire. The police have recovered large caches of arms and ammunition from the villages that they marched into. They have been […]

Farmers wont buy Relience SEZ deal

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/PoliticsN… GIRISH KUBERTIMES NEWS NETWORK[ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2007 02:37:37 AM] PEN: The Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance group’s relief and rehabilitation package for those affected by the Maha Mumbai SEZ near Mumbai doesn’t seem to have evoked much response. According to government sources, land transactions have not shown any significant pick-up since the announcement of the package. The company also admits that it has acquired just around 200 acres. Compare this with the total land requirement of 35,000 acres (13,000 hectares), of which 10,000 acres would come as part of the Cidco-promoted Navi Mumbai SEZ. The rest, 25,000 acres, are being acquired for the Maha Mumbai SEZ. To speed up land […]

2 million in Gujarat displaced due to development projects: study

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsi… FIGURE THIS: Vadodara-based Centre for Culture and Development lists displacements in Gujarat right from 1947 to 2004 Ayesha Khan Vadodara, March 12: EVEN as a national debate rages on the rehabilitation package for Special Economic Zones (SEZs), a study by the Vadodara-based Centre for Culture and Development (CCD), is a stark reminder of the toll taken by displacements due to development projects. The study details all displacements in Gujarat from 1947 to 2004, including the ever-debatable Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP), and says around 2 million people, a neat five percent of state’s population, were displaced as 32 lakh hectares of land was used up for development projects in all […]

Resoulutions passed in 35th National Convention of Bharat Krishak Samaj

http://raagbhairav.blogspot.com/2007/03/resolution…The 35th National Convention of Bharat Krishak Samaj was held at Erode (Tamilnadu) from 17th to 18th February, 2007. The following resolutions have been passed:Minimum Support PriceThe minimum support prices (MSPs) of different crops estimated by the Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP) and subsequently endorsed by the government are low and not remunerative. There is a need for up-gradation of the methods for estimation of real cost of production and arriving at the real remunerative prices. The process should be transparent and open to farmers.Scrap SEZs, promote AEZsGovernment should scrap all Special Economic Zones set-up on farmlands acquired from farmers against a mere compensation. SEZs should not be […]

Package to pluck SEZ land thorns

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070308/asp/frontpag… New Delhi, March 7: A proposal has been mooted to confine specialeconomic zones (SEZs) to wasteland.However, in states where acquisition of farmland is unavoidable, SEZsshould be allowed on the condition that wasteland would be upgradedinto cultivable land to ensure “food security”.The proposals are part of a blueprint drawn up by the ruraldevelopment ministry, which has been asked by the Prime Minister towork on a rehabilitation package for land acquisition for SEZs.In a written submission to Murli Manohar Joshi, the chairman of theparliamentary standing committee on industry, the ministry said: “SEZsshould be established preferably on wasteland… where use ofagricultural land cannot be avoided, single-crop land in rainfed areasmay be considered. […]

The Special Economic Zones Debacle of left front in West Bengal

http://protestagainstneo-liberalpolicies.blogspot…. The “Special Economic Zone” Debacle of the Left Front in West BengalHarry Magdoff, refuting the myth of bourgeois social science that capital and technology are the magic which will bring the entire world into the Garden of Eden, wrote:Since the obstacles to successful capitalist development (in third world countries) are today so gigantic, the pursuit of industrialization inevitably involves the accumulation of capital at the expense of keeping the masses down. Agriculture remains backward, investment is insufficient to cure unemployment in urban and rural areas, and wages are kept at pitifully low levels to provide adequate incentives for entrepreneurs. Production decisions are, and must be, made to satisfy the […]

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