Special Correspondent

Says it will create a foreign territory on Indian soil

  • Farmers will loose fertile farm lands
  • "It is a myth to claim that SEZ will help tackle unemployment"

    Puducherry: National council of the Communist Party of India (CPI) member and party legislator in Puducherry, R.Viswanathan has called upon Chief Minister N. Rangasamy to drop the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project to be set up on 800 acres in Karasur village near here.

    Addressing newsmen here on Friday Mr. Viswanathan said the SEZ was an injurious endeavour as farmers and farm labourers would loose the fertile farm lands and also opportunities to work in agricultural lands. He said that his party had been opposing the project right from the beginning. The SEZ would create a foreign territory within Indian soil. Labour laws and labour welfare measures would be kept at bay, as entrepreneurs would not respond to welfare schemes that should be statutorily available for workers.

    Mr. Viswanathan said he would be happy if both the Members of Parliament (M. Ramadoss and V. Narayanasamy) initiated steps to institute some of the Centrally sponsored industrial projects or public sector undertakings here to tackle unemployment.

    He said it was a myth to claim that SEZ would help tackle the unemployment problem faced by the educated youth here. The executive committee of the Puducherry State Committee of the CPI reviewed various issues concerning the workers, farm labourers and also weavers at its meeting here on Thursday . Mr. Viswanathan stressed the need for a coordination committee to act as a bridge between the Government and the constituents of the Democratic Progressive alliance in Puducherry.

    He said the Department of Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare here was letting down dairy farmers. The Agricultural Labourers wing of the CPI would mobilize the dairy farmers to launch agitations soon to ensure that the Department acted in a responsive manner to address their grievances .