Swaraj Abhiyan, formed by a splinter group of the Aam Aadmi Party, is set to create awareness among farmers affected by land acquisition in Sanand, Dholera, Mundra, Dahej, Mithivrdi and proposed development of smart cities along Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor in the state from June 15. Addressing reporters here Saturday, Abhiyan’s national steering committee member Nachiketa Desai said the first event would be held at Sanand on Monday where the group’s members would hold discussions with the affected farmers.
He said that Sanand was the fittest case of crony capitalism with the state government having given a soft loan of Rs 30,000 crore to the Tata’s for their small car plant, with a 20-year moratorium on repayment and that too at an interest of 0.01 per cent. This favouritism, he said, had increased the public debt burden on Gujarat and today every farmer had a debt of Rs 50,000 if the public debt on the state government was taken into account.
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He said that such a huge investment had not generated employment for the locals who were not skilled and workers from other states were being employed by various companies. The next venue for the Abhiyan’s movement would be Mundra Port Special Economic Zone in Kutch developed by the Adanis, resulting in loss of employment for hundreds of fishermen from local villages.
Desai said his organisation would also support the locals at Mithivirdi opposing the acquisition of farm land for setting up a nuclear power plant, for a petroleum and petro-chemical region at Dahej and building smart cities near Ankleshwar with investments from China, Korea and Japan. He said that smart cities were the ones where “slave labour” with no protection for their rights were used.