SEZ policy is sustainable: Muhammad Yunus
New Delhi, Jan 30: Even as the farmers protest against SEZproposals in the country, Nobel Laureate and Chief Architect of GrameenBank of Bangladesh, main micro-financing body in that country, MuhammadYunus today said Indian SEZ policy is sustainable in the long term.
''SEZ policy is definitely sustainable for India. There is a limitto development which agriculture can achieve. For a jump in growth,industrialisation is necessary. You have to make a choice betweenagriculture and industrialisation,'' Prof Yunus said here on thesidelines of a conference.
The question is on which land these projects are being set up, hesaid, adding the protests led by farmers will fade away if they areconvinced that their ''barren land'' will be put to productive use.
''The first step to win their favour is to make them evacuate thebarren land with decency and respect by giving adequate compensation,''Prof Yunus said.
Since its inception, the policy to allow companies to set upspecial economic zones (SEZs) in the country has been under fire fromdifferent bodies, creating doubts about its success.
Salim Group SEZ project in Nandigram village in East Midnapore district of West Bengal is being opposed by the farmers.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who appeared before thepublic yesterday for the first time a month after she ended her fastover Singur, announced her support for the Nandigram villagers.