The State government would provide fair compensation to all farmers who gave away their lands for establishing the proposed special economic zone (SEZ) near Tirumangalam, said Small Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT)’s Chairman-cum-Managing Director N. Govindan here on Monday.

Speaking with a large number of farmers from Sivarakottai, Karisalkalanpatti and Swami Mallampatti, among other villages in and around Tirumangalam, at a closed door meeting at the District Collectorate, Mr. Govindan said that the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had categorically stated on several occasions that lands should not be acquired without the consent of farmers.

Wherever there was no scope for agricultural operations, the officials had identified the lands for development. Keeping in mind the need to step up the economy, the State government had proposed setting up of industrial parks, he told the gathering, a press release said.

Further, he said that not only jobs would be assured to eligible local residents but compensation would also be awarded in a fair and transparent manner, the top officer assured. For this purpose, a district-level committee would decide the sale price and in the event of seeking enhanced price, the farmers could approach the state-level committee, if needed.

However, a group of farmers from Sivarakottai is learnt to have expressed their reservation to the SEZ proposal and maintained that their lands were fertile, a farmer representing the group told reporters.

District Collector in-charge Dinesh Ponraj Oliver and other officers were present at the meeting, the press note added.

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