The welfare of farmers', whose lands are being identified and acquired for establishing a special economic zone by the Small Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT), would be protected, said it's Managing Director N. Govindan.

After presiding over a review meeting, attended by Madurai Collector C. Kamaraj among other revenue officials, he assured to take the farmers interests'. The State government had proposed to acquire 1,479 acres of land for establishing a SEZ. For this purpose, four tahsildars have been posted.

Villages including Sivarakottai, Karisalkalampatti and Swamimallampatti from where lands are being acquired would be adequately compensated.The compensation would be disbursed immediately without any delay; Mr. Govindan said and added that apart from the monetary consideration, farmers' parting with their lands would get some lands for building their dwelling among others in a developed land.

The MD further said that existing place of worship in the acquired land would be protected at all cost and as promised earlier, farmers' giving their lands would be accorded priority in placement of jobs to the extent of 10 per cent.

Certificates

Necessary certificates to this effect would be issued in the name of the farmers. Through the skill development centres, aspirants' would be imparted training free of cost.

Aplenty of employment opportunities would open up as big business houses and MNCs from various destinations would come here to set up shops, Mr. Govindan said.

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