CPI demands white paper on industrialisation

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Kakinada, Nov 19 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh CPI Secretary K Narayana today demanded the state government to bring out a white paper on industrialisation, giving details of the new industries proposed and probable generation of employment.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the government should clarify the position on the newly proposed industries so as to allay apprehensions among the people on the SEZs, coastal corridor and other projects.

Making clear that the CPI was not against industrialisation or the laying of coastal road from Thada to Ichampuram but only opposed acquisition of large chunks of land belonging to the poor and Backward Classes besides displacing fishermen, Mr Narayana reiterated his allegation that the government was acting as middlemen to benefit the realtors.

He demanded the government to immediately scrap all the GOs related to SEZs, Petro Chemicals and Petroleum Investment Region (PCPIR) and coastal corridor, on the lines of GO 34 and proceed with the industrialisation only after allaying the apprehensions among the people.

Advising Fisheries, Ports, Investments and Infrastructure Development Minister M V Ramanarao not to indulge in personal criticism in the name of caste, Mr Narayana asked him to seek the help of senior Congress Leader V Hanumantha Rao in verifying the fact whether the worst sufferers on account of SEZs and coastal corridors were the poor and backward classes people.

''Though Mr Rao is a Congress leader, I have great faith in his integrity. If after personally inspecting SEZ and coastal corridor areas he says that poor people are not the sufferers, I will withdraw my charge,'' he added.

On the alliances in the ensuing elections, he said the Left parties would sail together. However, he termed the reports of possible alliance with the TDP as hypothetical and attributed it to the creation of media.

Describing as ''undemocratic'' the attack on Praja Rajyam Party leaders at Pulivendula yesterday, he asked Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy to control his followers and prevent recurrence of such ''unhappy and undemocratic incidents''.

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