Opposition walkout over sick industries' revival

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FURORE OVER AILING UNITS: TRS and CPI(M) leaders coming out of the House after staging a walkout in Hyderabad on Thursday.
FURORE OVER AILING UNITS: TRS and CPI(M) leaders coming out of the House after staging a walkout in Hyderabad on Thursday.

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Many factories closed during TDP's nine-year rule: YSREfforts on to revive industrial employment growth rate38,797 units reportedly closed as per census: Geeta Reddy

HYDERABAD: The entire Opposition staged a walkout in the Assembly protesting against the `unsatisfactory reply' of the Government on sick industries during the question hour on Thursday.

Leader of the Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu charged the Government with failing to revive a single industry in the last two years.

Earlier, amidst protests from treasury benches, he recalled the assurance given by the Congress in its poll manifesto that priority would be accorded to revive sick industries.

Telugu Desam blamed

Later, members belonging to the TRS, the CPI(M), the CPI, the MIM and the BJP followed suit.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy faulted the Telugu Desam for staging a walkout saying that a lot of factories were closed during its nine-year rule. He said that at least eight sugar factories which were in the process of being privatised by the TDP were revived now.

He said that 50,000 to 60,000 jobs would be created with Brandix setting up an apparel park. He mentioned about the proposed Fab City and the unit to be set up by Adidas which would generate 50,000 jobs in two phases.

He said industrial employment growth declined from 2.7 per cent to 1.1 per cent during the previous regime and efforts were on to increase it.

Answering the main question by G. Kishan Reddy (BJP) and others, Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy said that 38,797 units have been reported closed as per Government of India census of 2001-2002.

Surveys conducted by professional agencies revealed that 278 units could be revived.

When the Opposition parties took objection to the statement made by the Chief Minister after their walkout, the Speaker said the Government was well within its right to clarify.

He adjourned the House for tea break when Left and TRS members protested against the remarks of Congress MLA V. Purshottam Reddy that there was one opposition party and the rest were allies.



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