Visiting Polepalli in Mahbubnagar district, Praja Rajyam Party president Chiranjeevi on Friday launched an attack on previous governments for not considering the interests of farmers while establishing Special Economic Zones.
Expressing concern over the plight of farmers displaced by the Pharma SEZ here, he said that while SEZs are essential as they spawn industrial development, they should not be set up by depriving poor farmers of their land. As many as 56 out of the 250 SEZs in the country were in Andhra Pradesh, and it was regrettable that they were carved out of fertile lands owned by poor farmers. He said that lands of only the poor people had been taken for SEZs and not a single acre of any politician had been in the SEZ acquisition list.
Chiranjeevi spent over three hours in the area where the government had acquired about 1,000 acres in Polepalli, Mudireddipalle and Gundlagadda Thanda in Jadcherla mandal for the Pharma SEZ in 2001-02. Two companies are putting up their facility and only 153 acres is in use. He also visited the houses of three displaced families.