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Pune farmers protest against land acquisition for Videocon SEZ

Hundreds of farmers staged protest demonstrations here on Monday against the acquisition of agricultural land for the proposed Videocon special economic zone (SEZ).

Pune, May 21 : Hundreds of farmers staged protest demonstrations here on Monday against the acquisition of agricultural land for the proposed Videocon special economic zone (SEZ).

About 600 farmers from four villages, likely to be affected by the proposed project, were on a warpath against the acquisition.

The company is in the process of acquiring 5000 acres of land through Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation.

Enraged farmers said the Government has not offered to provide them an alternate source of livelihood.

"Our land is our source of livelihood. Farming is our sole occupation. What will we do without our land? They cannot provide us with full employment. They cannot provide us resources for self-employment. So what are we going to do without our land?," said Shantaram Ghatge, a farmer.

Farmers said they would approach Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to scrap the proposed project.

The Centre expects low tax Special Economic Zones across the country to draw nearly 600 billion rupees (13.9 billion dollars) in investment by 2009 and create 890,000 jobs.

ANI

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