At a time plagiarism has become a major problem in academia as well as journalism round the world, it is interesting that the Indian Ministry of Finance's Economic Survey 2006-07 has borrowed, without acknowledgement and more or less verbatim, several lines from a 2006 editorial published by the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW).

In its edition of April 8, 2006, EPW wrote in "Special Economic Zones: Unnecessary Giveaways" (pp1300-1301):

"The instrument of EPZ was employed with prominent success by China and other ASEAN countries in the 1970s and 1980s to create regional islands, where export-oriented manufacturing could be undertaken. In fact, they have served as the crucibles in which the manufacturing competitiveness of these countries was cultivated, at a time when licensing, labour rigidities and high import duties and taxes acted as a disincentive for investment. In India, clearly, the EPZ experiment was much less of an unequivocal success and since 1965, the year in which the first EPZ in Kandla was set up, a total of 11 such zones have come into existence. The exim policy of 1997-2002 then introduced the more comprehensive and liberal SEZ concept, after which a bill was drafted and given effect to by Parliament in the form of the SEZ Act, 2005."

The Economic Survey of 2006-07 writes in Chapter 7 (p 156, para 7.59):

"EPZs and SEZs were employed with prominent success by China and other ASEAN countries in the 1970s and 1980s to create regional islands, where export-oriented manufacturing could be undertaken ... they provided scope for cultivating manufacturing competitiveness when licensing, labour rigidities and high import duties and taxes acted as a disincentive for investment in the rest of the areas. However, in India, the EPZ experiment was much less of an unequivocal success and since 1965, when the first EPZ in Kandla was set up, a total of 11 such zones have come into existence. The Exim Policy of 1997-2002 then introduced the more comprehensive and liberal SEZ concept, after which a bill was drafted and given effect to by Parliament in the form of the SEZ Act, 2005."