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SEZ woes and people’s resistance in AP

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– Sujatha Surepally

Polepally team traveled across the state to interact with people fighting against Special Economic Zones, displacements. We interacted with groups in Kakinada SEZ, Krishnapatnam SEZ, Eruru, few others SEZs in Nellore and Polavaram dam displaced adivasis in Bhadrachalam. We are asking seeking the support of all anti-SEZ groups to the Polepally struggle. We need to mobilize all anti-SEZ forces against the state government that is possessed by SEZ madness.

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October 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Latest on Polepally SEZ agitation

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– Sujatha Surepally

Not a day passes by without Polepally issue being featured in the media. Some of these news are about the Polepally SEZ fighters and few are also about how govt. and petty leaders are trying to weaken the agitation.

The Mahabubnagar district Collector is hell bent upon distributing Rs. 70,000 – a part of the hurriedly stitched ‘rehabilitation Package’ after Polepally farmers organized a public hearing (Jan Sunwai) in August. She is using all her tactics to lure the farmers and dilute their fighting spirit. It should be remembered here that Polepally farmers have rejected this so called ‘Rehabilitation Package’ simply because the only thing that the govt is giving them under this ‘package’ is a lease-hold on 200 SQ. Yds of land and Rs. 70,000 to construct a house. The ‘Package’ is a classic case of how far govt’s rehabilitation packages are from reality. None of the Polepally farmers lost their houses for this SEZ. Almost all of them have houses. No one understands why these farmers are given money to construct houses within the SEZ site. It should also be noted that the Pharma companies coming up in the SEZ cause a lot of pollution. And asking these farmers to stay beside such polluting factories is nothing but sadism.

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October 22, 2008 at 10:55 am

The Farmer SEZ No!

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By Appu Esthose Suresh and Payam S.

The Indian state has been thrown into a panic by agitating farmers who have declared war against the Special Economic Zones in States across the country. Facing lathicharges and bullets, the farmers have been coming out on the streets to protest the acquisition of fertile farmland and block the proposal that the Governments are convinced will generate massive employment and increase India’s GDP growth by two per cent.

At stake are 150,000 hectares of mostly fertile land. The farmers are rallying around local groups and organisations in what many describe as a fight to the finish. The proposal to establish 513 SEZs is now seen to be an invasion of corporate greed. [Of these, only 250 have been notified.]

A farmer participating in one agitation just recently in Jhajjar, Haryana, told Covert, “One of our relatives has been paid compensation, but now the money is over. He bought mobile phones and other gadgets for the house and paid off the debts. He did not know how to invest and now he is a pauper without any means of livelihood. Money is not enough. How will we live without our land?”

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October 15, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Chiru may call on Polepally SEZ victims today

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If he took Sircilla weavers by surprise last week on his maiden tour to get a first-hand account of their problems, Chiranjeevi in all probability might throw yet another surprise on Polepally special economic zone (SEZ) victims of Jadcherla mandal in Mahbubnagar district by calling on them on Thursday. While the Prajarayam party leaders are tightlipped about his schedule, sources said that the newly-crowned champion of the downtrodden might just plump for Polepally for his second tour to coincide with the ‘Bhoo Satyagraham’ stir launched by the SEZ victims in protest against the taking over of their land. The indefinite strike is being taken up by the Polepally SEZ Vyathireka Ikya Sanghatana. Sources said that Prajarajyam party insiders contacted Sanghatana leaders a few days ago, urging them to ‘talk’ it over with their leader Chiranjeevi. TNN

Courtesy: Times of India: 25th Sept 2008

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September 25, 2008 at 9:28 am

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Bhu Satyagraham by Polepally Farmers

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The agitation against Polepally land acquisition which has been going on for the past 4 years has entered a decisive phase. Polepally farmers have used all forms of democratic protests to make their case heard. They have organized dharnas in front of MRO office, District Collector’s office and also APIIC head office in Hyderabad. In a novel protest form, 13 Polepally farmers have contested the recent Telangana Assemby By-election. 
 
From a stage where no one took notice of their agitation, Polepally has now reached a stage where every major political party, newspaper and television channel started supporting and extending solidarity to
the movement.
 
The farmers have now decided to organize a Bhu Satyagraham in front of the Pharma SEZ (being set up by APIIC with partnership of Aurobindo Pharma and Hetero Drugs) from the 25th of September 2008. This is going to be an indefinite protest until the farmers’ demands are met.

Demands:

  • To scrap the Polepally SEZ and return the land to original land owners
  • To compensate for the crop loss and the agony caused in the past 4 years
  • To prosecute all the erring beaurocrats and public representatives who are involved in this land acquisition

Polepally SEZ Vyathireka Aikya Vedika requests everyone to extend their solidarity to this struggle.

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September 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm

The Beginning of the End !

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Visited Polepally today with Vanaja and Vipul. Both are making documentary film of the struggle process. Their interest is inspiring. They plan to make a film of the struggle challenging the SEZ lords by people who are not sure of next meal. It will be a story of resistance movements in India. An account of heroic people’s challenge to globalization that’s making our society numb like killer tsunami.
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September 11, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Shame on You APIIC!

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Every organization measures its success by the revenue it earns from sale of its products or services. But here is an organization in the South Indian State of Andhra Pradesh which makes money by selling off its own assets. And what’s more, all the ‘assets’ of this organization were grabbed from poor peasants forcibly.

Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) is a state owned organization set up to promote industries in Andhra Pradesh. APIIC was an ailing public sector undertaking until recent times. Then suddenly, one fine mornining the bosses of APIIC got an ingenious idea to make a quick buck. Sell its assets! So, APIIC dug up its old files to know where all it has acquired land for ‘public purpose’ and then started selling these lands.

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September 2, 2008 at 10:51 am