Monday, March 19, 2007

Will Nandigram incident setback Indian industrialization plans

Under the threat of withdrawal from the Left Front government by the RPI, CPI and the Forward Bloc, the Left Front government in West Bengal announced that no land would be acquired for industrialisation in Nandigram.

The decision was taken at the Left Front meeting in Kolkata. The West Bengal government had announced that all special economic zones (SEZ) in the state were being put on hold until a "socially balanced" decision was taken.

As demanded by its allies, the government has also ordered withdrawal of the police force in phases from the area, which has been witnessing relentless agitation by protestors against land acquisition.

In a related development, The Jharkhand government has put a brake on acquisition of land for industrial use in the aftermath of the killings at Nandigram in West Bengal due to protest against land acquisition for a similar purpose.

The state government has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with more than 54 companies to set up steel plants, power plants and other industries.

In Tamilnadu, the PMK leader Ramadoss has declared that his party would oppose the SEZ plans for Tamilnadu.

However, unfazed by Nandigram violence Industry Minister Kamal Nath today said the UPA Government remains committed to the Special Economic Zones.

So, We can expect a great drama to unfold in the near future and witness new scenes that are awaiting going to be happen.

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