Fighting Injustice in Polepally SEZ

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Chiru promises better times

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Special Correspondent

Polepalli (Mahbubnagar dist.): Actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi spent two hours at the homes of three families who were displaced when they lost their lands to the Pharma Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the year 2001-02.

The first family to play host was that of Shankaraiah Goud who died earlier this year, unable to bear the financial strain that he had to bear after he lost his land.

The Praja Rajyam president promised his widow Alivelu and teenaged daughter Rajeshwari that their lives would soon change for the better. Ms. Rajeswari studies in Class 8 at the local Zilla Parishad High School and was quite enamoured, as she received the star.

He then drove over to Gundlagadda Thanda, two km away and spent an hour under a tree talking to Lambada tribals from a joint family that once held nearly 30 acres of land.

He was horrified to know that post-2002, their financial condition had deteriorated that five people in the family had died of cardiac arrest. Shivli, a mother of three children, recalled that they were paid Rs.18,000 an acre a few years ago when their land was acquired, when weeks later, an acre of land in adjoining Mudireddipalle went for a whopping Rs. 9 lakh.

Mr. Chiranjeevi patiently listened to the woes of the displaced families.

He explained how he had come to hear from them about he could improve their lot by correcting mistakes of previous governments.

(Courtesy: The Hindu)

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