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?Stay SEZ policy immediately?

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 14:53 IST
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SAYING THAT promotion of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) would totally ruin the country’s economy with farmers being the worst sufferers, Janata Dal (United) National President Sharad Yadav today called for the immediate staying of the Act pertaining to SEZs.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Yadav said further sanctioning of the Special Economic Zones should be immediately stopped and a national debate should be held on the issue.

“Better policies for export promotion and the growth of foreign investment taking into consideration our food security and balanced growth as well as revenue generation should be drawn,’’ the leader said. 

The Janata Dal (United) National President was in the City to participate in the State-level convention of the JD (U) activists at the Mulla Ramuzi Sanskriti Bhavan.

Rather than promoting exports and attracting foreign investments, the policy is leading to grabbing of fertile lands by land mafia causing direct problems to the farmers, he said.

Similarly, the policy would cause serious imbalances in the economy and lead to mass migration of people from backward regions to advanced areas.

He said the policy would also deal a severe blow to revenue generation as Special Economic Zones would get multiple tax exemption, he said.

Domestic industries outside Special Economic Zones would face closure due to their failure to compete with industries within the zones and the inflow of cheap smuggled products (produced for export purposes) into the open market, Yadav said.
He also called for immediate amendment of the Land Acquisition Act of 1884, particularly Section 28 (A) that gives government the right to acquire any land.

This provision was made for facilitating public welfare work like construction of schools, roads or hospitals but presently it is being used for land grabbing purposes, he added.

ELECTIONS ONLY WAY OUT IN JHARKHAND: Conceding that Jharkhand is facing severe political crisis, Sharad Yadav said that elections seems to be the only way out in the State.

He, however, said that all out efforts are being made to redress this crisis in the State, and since the party has seven days time at hand something might be thrashed out. Yadav also severely condemned the Ujjain killing of Prof H S Sabharwal and said that though he himself has risen from students’ politics he has never been witness to such a condemnable and painful act.

The Janata Dal (United) leader criticised the State Government for its failure on all counts especially on aspects that brought them to power – electricity, roads and water.

OPPOSITION TO VANDE MATARAM RESULT OF INGNORANCE: Sharad Yadav said there is no reason for opposition to national song Vande Mataram and it should be sung voluntarily.

However, on a query whether it should be made compulsory, he said that nationalistic feelings cannot be made compulsory but are evoked voluntarily.

Muslim organisations that are opposing the song are doing so out of ignorance as it is only a salute to the motherland, he added.