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IT SEZs results 35 % rise in land rises

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Magazines/The_… RAJA AWASTHI & ANURADHA HIMATSINGKATIMES NEWS NETWORK[ SUNDAY, MARCH 04, 2007 12:00:00 AM] It’s a real(ty) tale with a virtual plot. Even as real estate prices across the country have seen a southward dip in the last four to six months, land prices in and around IT and ITeS special economic zones (SEZ) are bucking the trend. In fact, this segment is now calling the shots and the big rush for IT SEZ projects across the country has resulted in a 25-35% rise in land prices in the past one year. For those still waiting to tune into the SEZ story, formal approvals were given for 148 IT SEZs […]

Protest march against sucides by farmers, SEZs

Madhur Tankha Activists demand creation of a Zero Hunger Act NEW DELHI: Members of Youth for Justice, Kisan Log Abhiyan and MCKS Food for Hungry Foundation jointly staged a march at Jantar Mantar here on Sunday protesting against the continuing farmers’ suicides. Wearing masks, the protesters holding banners like “The Constitution Guarantees Me Right to Life Yet Death Haunts Me All The Time” shouted slogans against the United Progressive Alliance Government’s policies that were leading to lack of livelihood for farmers across the country. They called for a Zero Hunger Act. Claiming that the Haryana Government had sent notices to farmers of Rewari to hand over their agricultural land for […]

NHRC issues notice to centre on land acquisition act

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/2182007022612… New Delhi, Feb. 26 (PTI): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Centre on a petition seeking amendment in the “out-dated” Land Acquisition Act 1894, which it alleged was being used “arbitrarily” against farmers to grab their land. The petitioner P Pullarao, an economist from Andhra Pradesh, moved the Commission alleging that in the past three years many acres of land has been acquired under the Act, displacing over 10 million farmers across the country in the name of development. “No explaination is being given by the state governments or officials. The land is taken away using the Act. Farmers are thrown away from their […]

Protest march against suicides by farmers, SEZs

http://www.hindu.com/2007/02/26/stories/2007022620… Madhur Tankha Activists demand creation of a Zero Hunger Act NEW DELHI: Members of Youth for Justice, Kisan Log Abhiyan and MCKS Food for Hungry Foundation jointly staged a march at Jantar Mantar here on Sunday protesting against the continuing farmers’ suicides. Wearing masks, the protesters holding banners like “The Constitution Guarantees Me Right to Life Yet Death Haunts Me All The Time” shouted slogans against the United Progressive Alliance Government’s policies that were leading to lack of livelihood for farmers across the country. They called for a Zero Hunger Act. Claiming that the Haryana Government had sent notices to farmers of Rewari to hand over their agricultural land […]

The rights of displaced people

http://mycitizennews.blogspot.com/2007/02/rights-o… Dr Sandeep Pandey The Government of Andhra Pradesh has acquired 340 acres of village common lands, 70 acres of temple lands from the Endowments Department and 500 acres from the local Gram Panchayat – China Mambattu of the Tada Mandal in Nellore District to set up a Special Economic Zone here. Some private industrialists have purchased another 100 acres of agricultural lands in the vicinity. 400 acres of the SEZ have being given to Apache to set up a shoe factory.Three hamlets of the panchayat, N.M. Kandrika, China Mambattu and Peda Mambattu are being affected by this SEZ. There are weavers, shepards, barbers, washer men and women and Yanadi […]

Congress Privy Purse for New Maharajas

Dr. Shri Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Union Council of Ministers, Government of India, North Block, New Delhi – 110 001. 2) Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Chairperson, Empowered Group of Ministers – SEZs, Government of India, North Block, New Delhi – 110 001 . Hon’ble Sirs, We are greatly concerned and disturbed with the rapidly deteriorating Rural Economic Conditions across the various States in India, especially the parts which are dependent upon the Agriculture as main source of income. The Policies of the Governments either at Union or the States are killing the Rural Economy. The Special Economic Zones (SEZs) culture has posed great threat to the survival of poorest of […]

SEZs: Lessons from China

http://www.indiatogether.org/2007/feb/opi-sezschin… While single-minded pursuit of exports has helped China touch record growth figures, millions have been left behind, besides incurring huge environmental costs. And without even the limited dose of welfare that China offers its poor farmers, India must wary of copying China’s SEZ-approach, writes Bhaskar Goswami. 9 February 2007 – China’s record economic growth rate fuelled by the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) is often advocated as the reason for India to adopt this approach. Since the 1980s, China implemented a series of measures and policies with the sole purpose of achieving rapid economic growth. As evidence over the years has shown, this single-minded pursuit of growth has lowered the […]

SEZ: Wait and see

http://mepalash.blogspot.com/2007/02/sez-wait-and-… Saturday, February 10, 2007Palash Biswas(Contact: Palash Biswas, C/O Mrs arati roy, Gostokanan, sodepur, Kolkata- 700110, India. Phone: 91-25659551)With unrest in Nandigram and Singur continuing unabated, getting the CPI-M’s partners back on Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s side may not be easy. But despite fierce resistance in singur and Nandigram West Bengal Capitalist Chief minister may find some consolation from elsewhere as not only Bengal the entire country follows him to adopt chinese model of development and open Market. India is set to become a trillion-dollar economy as early as next year, if the latest figures released by the Central Statistical Organisation are any indication.The economy, which has been on a high growth […]

Struture of SEZ unlikely to be changed

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Structure_of_SE… MUMBAI: The Union Government on Thursday said it was unlikely that the basic structure of the SEZ policy would be changed and the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) would meet after the Budget to bring more clarity to the existing policy. “The EGoM is going to meet again after the Budget. They may bring in some clarification. But, I don’t think that the basic structure of the rule is going to be changed,” Union Commerce Secretary G K Pillai, who is also the Chairman of the SEZ Board of Approval said. The UPA government has put a halt on agricultural land acquisition for industrial purposes following protests from different […]

Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) for SEZs

Dear friends As we all know the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) for SEZs have in this month put a hold on SEZ approvals and are now considering reviewing/ammending the SEZ Act 2005. This is an opportunity for all people’s groups, NGOs, civil society members to come together and in one voice demand that this monsterous policy and law be scrapped immediately. Attached here is a Draft Memorandum to the Chairperson of the EGoM – SEZs demanding that ·        the SEZ Act 2005 be repealed to ensure industrial and economic development which is fair and democratic ·        the approved and notified SEZs be cancelled and land acquisitions already made be […]

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