Mah Govt to decide on SEZ at Pen: Rane

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Mumbai, Jul 25 (UNI) Maharashtra revenue minister Narayan Rane today assured that the government will take a 'suitable' decision on omitting 22 villages in Pen taluka of Raigad district from being included in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

He informed the assembly during the calling attention motion given by Gajanan Kritikar (Shiv Sena) and others.

Mr Rane maintained that the meeting on the issue will be held tomorrow after Chief Minister's arrival from New Delhi.

However, unhappy with the reply, Leader of the Opposition Ramdas Kadam charged that ''Chief Minister gives more importance to other business than of the House.'' The Opposition later staged a walk out, alleging that the government is anti-farmer.

PWP leader N D Patil is on fast unto death on this issue and has been shifted to J J Hospital today, said PWP legislator Ganpatrao Deshmukh.

The main demand is to withdraw the notices issued to farmers for acquiring the land under rule six of Land Acquisition Act.

Mr Rane maintained that there was no question of withdrawing notices issued to the farmers under this rule, as no land was forcibly acquired.

He said demand to omit 22 villages falling under the command area of Hetvane dam will be taken up tomorrow.

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