Delhi: Commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath has
defended the SEZ policy but qualified it by saying that
land acquisition should be equitable and transparent and
"inclusive of farmers."
said the incident in Nandigram was unfortunate, however,
the SEZ policy should not be held responsible for it.
should not look at it as SEZ issue but one of land acquisition
for industrial projects," referring to the protests
by activists against SEZs in Nandigram leading to police
firing in which 11 people were killed.
whether yesterday's violence could slow down the fresh
approvals on SEZs, Nath said in many pending cases there
was no dispute and promoters have already tied-up land.
empowered group of ministers on SEZs headed by external
affairs minister Pranab Mukkerjee could not meet since
January and there is a freeze on fresh approvals and notifications.