Special Correspondent

Only barren wasteland should be given

NEW DELHI: Lending voice to the latest political campaign on creation of Special Economic Zones in the country, the Rashtriya Janata Dal has said fertile agricultural land should not be acquired for the purpose.

"Only barren wasteland should be acquired for the purpose of SEZs and not fertile agricultural land," party leader and Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh told reporters after a daylong national executive meeting of the party.. The RJD representatives in the Government would make their views known at the appropriate forum, Mr. Singh said, adding that "once the party has passed a resolution it would be taken up."

The RJD, an ally of the United Progressive Alliance, also said greater focus was needed in the agriculture sector and all efforts should be made to make available quality seeds, fertilizers and cheap credit to the farmers.

The party expressed concern over the rise in the prices of essential commodities and said efforts should be made to contain their prices. It said care should be taken to ensure that it was not a "jobless growth."