GMAS deplores Centre's stance on 3 notified SEZs in Goa

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Panaji, Jan 2 (UNI) Deploring the Centre's stance that it has no powers to ''denotify'' the three already notified SEZs in Goa, the Goa's Movement Against SEZs (GMAS) today said that the Centre should have sought clarifiction from the state government about why the latter had decided against the SEZs.

The GMAS convenor Mr Mathanhy Saldanha told mediapersons here today that the organisation would review tomorrow the situation on the issue and take appropriate action on the ''insensitive response'' of the union government on the burning subject.

He made it clear that GMAS was not concerned with the decision of the Centre and that it was for the Goa government to ensure that the notified SEZs and others were scrapped forthwith.

''The people of Goa are not going to take this lying down,'' he quipped, saying that the GMAS has taken serious view of the ''brazen reaction of the union commerce secretary who adopted the autocratic posture.'' ''The Centre,'' he said, ''had scant respect for the wishes of the people of Goa despite knowing the fact that SEZs were not in the interest of the state and that they had been opposed at all levels.'' Before going public on such serious issues, it was the bounden duty of the Centre to verify the basis on which the SEZs were forwarded for approval in the first place, Mr Saldanha added.

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