cm-farmers-1Chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has urged private investors to make farmers stakeholders in their projects to avoid the ongoing class conflict in some parts of Maharashtra. Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has recently urged private investors to make farmers stockholders. Stressing that locals cannot be ignored in the development of the state, he maintained that when private investors acquire land from farmers, they should ensure that the latter are rewarded with life-long specific income and given employment in their projects. The CM was candid in stating that there was no land available for any new project in Mumbai, Pune and Thane. The new investors should explore the opportunities to acquire land in Vidarbha and Marathwada where they would be more welcome. He urged the investors to shed their reservations in acquiring land in Vidarbha and Marathwada which have excellent road and air connectivity. The land prices in these areas will be economical compared to a saturated Mumbai and Pune markets. Deshmukh’s statement is significant in wake of the protest from certain quarters over acquisition of agriculture land for special economic zones. Many farmers and NGOs have taken to streets protesting against selling of farmers’ land in Raigad district. Interestingly, Maharashtra has given permission to 105 SEZs, highest in the country. Bureau report – NMTV


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