Civil rights activist Justice (retd) Rajindar Sachar today slammed a group of Chief Ministers for reportedly recommending to the Centre to encourage corporates to buy lands in foreign countries for cultivating pulses to meet domestic demand.
"Gandhiji's soul would yearn to come back and remind these core group of Chief Ministers... of the boycott call of Lancashire textiles in order to encourage khadi and find employment for poor in the rural area," the former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court said here.
He was reacting to media reports of the recommendation of the Working Group of Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal and Bihar.
The group has also reportedly asked the Centre to evolve a similar mechanism for edible oil.
He also indicated that such a suggestion was not expected from Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana --"known world over as granary of India".
Taking a dig at the corporate sector, Sachar said "the corporate sector should welcome this decision of not only new avenues being opened to them, but also obliquely permitting them to keep their SEZ intact for future exploitation and also quietly monopolising agricultural land".