Debts and SEZs double trouble for farmers

Published: Thursday 30 November 2006

Special Economic Zones Maharashtra

Sez-Arajakachi Nandi, a documentary by Atul Pethe on the effects of special economic zones (sezs) was screened in select cities of Maharashtra in October. The documentary shows how farmers already weighed down by debts are being separated from their lands for setting up sezs. It also carries the views of social activists like Medha Patkar, Vandana Shiva, retired high court judge P B Sawant and economist Sulakba Brahme. Sawant asserts that every attempt should be made to stop sezs, including judicial remedies. According to him, agricultural land acquisition has no valid provision in the sez Act. The judge rubbishes special concessions for sezs as unconstitutional.

The film's director has promised more on sezs as opposition to them gathers momentum.

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