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Reminiscent of British rule, says SJM

TIRUPATI: The Swadeshi Jagaran Manch's State Organiser Appala Prasad has said that the way the Government was `forcibly' acquiring fertile lands using the land acquisition proceedings as the `weapon' to hand them over to the MNCs in the name of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) was reminiscent of the black days of the British imperialistic rule.

Addressing a meeting of the SEZ activists here Monday, he said the only way to thwart the Government's short-sighted approach was to mobilise the farmers against the moveas otherwise the country would be in for a serious food crisis .

Exodus feared

Mr. Prasad also feared an exodus of displaced farmers into urban areas from the 16-odd villages to be affected by the Sathyavedu SEZ .

He said the SJM also was strongly against permitting the advocates and legal companies from abroad to operate in India as it would only further aggravate the problem already posed by the MNCs. He said the SJM's main philosophy was indigenousness and prudent use of natural resources.

Change in mindset

Mr. Prasad sought to cite how the change in our mindset towards `videshi' had touched off an alarming trend of `consumerism'.

State Convener A. Krishnakishore, district Convener Subramanyam Raju were among other speakers present.