Parallel conference from Feb. 24

IFTU says meet will highlight anti-poor policies being pursued by State

February 17, 2018 07:24 am | Updated 07:24 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

IFTU State vice-president Venkateswarlu addressing the media in Visakhapatnam on Friday.

IFTU State vice-president Venkateswarlu addressing the media in Visakhapatnam on Friday.

A three-day conference is being organised by people’s organisations, parallel to the Partnership Summit, to highlight the pro-rich and anti-poor policies being pursued by the Chandrababu Naidu government to attract investments into the State.

‘Exaggerated claims’

The government was making claims that agreements to the tune of ₹11.11 lakh crore were made with 881 companies during the last two Partnership Summits held in Visakhapatnam.

It was also claiming that 130 companies had already begun operations and provided jobs to 1.52 lakh people, Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) State vice-president Venkateswarlu told a media conference here on Friday. An analysis of the figures given by the government reveals that the claims were far from the truth. The government while making claims on employment generation had failed to come out with the figures on the number of people displaced by the proposed projects and those who were deprived of their livelihoods.

The State government had proudly announced that the World Bank had identified Andhra Pradesh as the top State in agriculture in India. But the government, instead of giving them pattas for the land on which they had been cultivating crops for generations, was driving them out and handing over the lands to corporate companies on a platter for setting up industries.

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