Maharashtra Govt plans textile SEZ in Vidarbha

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Mumbai, Nov 13 (UNI) In a bid to provide succour to families of the suicide-prone cotton-growing districts of Maharashtra, the state government has planned a textile Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Yavatmal and Amravati districts of Vidarbha region.

An announcement to this effect was made by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh after signing of an MoU between the state government and Bombay Rayon Fashions Ltd (BRFL) here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Deshmukh said the government has put forward a proposal to Bombay Rayon Fashions Ltd (BRFL) to set up factories in these two regions as organic cotton production is on the rise. With setting up of factories in these two districts, the widows of farmers who have committed suicides can get employment, he pointed out.

Replying to questions, the Chief Minister said there will be no problem of land acquisition as the government already has in its possession about 1,000 hectares of land in Amravati.

''This was all barren land and it was lying with the government as investors were not coming forward to put their money in these backward areas. About 12 SEZs have already been sanctioned for Vidarbha out of which two will be textile SEZs and the other for food processing,'' he added.

BRFL Managing Director Prashant Agarwal said his company was the only fully certified end-to-end organic cotton garments manufacturing company.

''We will workout a plan to set up a factory in Vidarbha and make an announcement soon,'' he added.


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