The BJP on Saturday expressed disappointment over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that the government was ready to remove the shortcomings in the SEZ policy and accused the UPA regime of a “casual attitude” towards the burning issue.
“The Prime Minister said yesterday that the government would try to remove problems in the SEZ policy.He has said the same thing many times earlier. But the fact is that the government is not alive and sensitive to the situation that has developed in different parts of the country,” said party leader M Venkaiah Naidu.
He charged that the ruling UPA had not learnt any lessons from the Nandigram and Singur protests over land acquisitions for industrial projects.
He also deplored that fact that Singh had taken such a long time after the two incidents to break his silence on the issue while UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi had still not said anything on it. Naidu was the head of a BJP team which prepared a detailed report on the SEZ issue with several recommendations which was submitted to the PM.
The BJP leader noted that after protests all over the country, the government was now saying that developers should bear the responsibility for rehabilitation of the displaced. “The government cannot shrug off its responsibility leaving everything on the shoulders of the developers,” he asserted.
Naidu stated his party favoured the implementation of SEZs but wanted that the system should not be allowed to take away agricultural land from the farmers and allow the developers to further their real estate interests.