to secure tax holidays are turning special economic zones (SEZs) into a big "land
scam", Bajaj Auto chairman and Rajya Sabha member Rahul Bajaj said.
industrial houses acquiring land for SEZs are "almost turning it into a scam
in the name of development," Bajaj told a seminar organised by Consumer Unity
and Trust Society.
acquiring vast stretches of land for setting up SEZs, companies must interact
directly with the farmers and buy them paying the right value, and not at subsidised
rates, he said.
he said, development need not be near an existing city or at the cost of farmland,
it would be more significant if the infrastructure creation takes place at a distance
where opportunity to promote auxiliaries and settlements exists.
would be unfair to compare SEZs in India with that of China where land is owned
by the state and the benefits go directly to the people. In India, on the other
hand, the developer gets all the benefits, he said.
Rajya Sabha members P C Alexender and Sharad Joshi - Founder of Farmers'' Union
Shetkari Sangathan - followed Bajaj in voicing their sentiments.
Alexander said SEZs are defying the initial social objective of
providing small and medium entrepreneurs a growth opportunity, Joshi echoed another
view saying that farmers, who are unable to repay their debts, are giving up agriculture
in return for a better life that an SEZ promises.