The Communist Party of India has claimed that the Union and State governments are all set to open the agricultural sector to the corporate sector as part of the globalisation plan.

CPI State secretary Siddanagouda Patil said here on Wednesday that the corporate sector was slowly stepping into the farm sector with the governments making discreet openings for the former to make its presence felt.

According to Mr. Patil, the proposed Global Investors Meet for agriculture was part of the Government's “grand design” to open up the agricultural sector.

Mr. Patil said the CPI partly welcomed some of the amendments proposed to the land reforms Act by the Union Government. The provision for resettlement and rehabilitation of farmers who lost their lands and another one that stated lands would be acquired only if 80 per cent of farmers agreed to the acquisition, were welcome steps, he added.

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