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Left slams GoM decision, says govt obsessed with SEZs

india Updated: Apr 05, 2007 17:06 IST

Left parties on Thursday slammed the government's decisions on Special Economic Zones as "ad hoc" and said it should have waited for the suggestions of the parliamentary panel set up to look into the matter.

The parties, which provide outside support to the UPA government, asked it to "get out of the SEZ obsession" and come up with a "comprehensive policy" on land acquisition and SEZ rules.

"The Parliamentary Consultative Committee is already considering the whole SEZ policy. Then how can the Empowered Group of Ministers take a decision in such an ad hoc manner," CPI National Secretary D Raja asked.

The government should learn lessons from protests taking place across the country against Special Economic Zones and take a decision considering the ground reality. "What we are demanding is a comprehensive policy," he told in New Delhi.

"We do not think that this sort of ad hoc decisions taken by the GoM will help in any away," Raja said and questioned as to what has happened to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's plans for implementing a humane rehabilitation policy.

Though CPI(M) has not come up with an official reaction, party sources said it was unhappy over the decision to fix the upper limit on land given to SEZs at 5,000 hectares, ignoring its suggestion for a cap on 2,000 hectares.