Tuesday, June 19, 2007

CPI comrades off to China to learn about SEZs


Press Trust of India
New Delhi, June 2: After crossing swords with big brother CPI-M on Nandigram issue, the Communists are now off to China to learn the method of land acquisition and to study the concept of Special Economic Zones.
A delegation of CPI leaders will visit the Communist nation China for a nine-day visit beginning tomorrow to study its success in agricultural productivity and method of acquisition of land for industrial and other developmental projects.
The team will visit agricultural farms, special economic and export zones and interact with government officials, Communist party representatives and leaders of the farming community.
The ten-member delegation, led by All India Kisan Sabha general secretary and senior party leader Mr Atul Kumar Anjaan, will visit China’s industrial hub Shanghai, Beijing, Xiamen in Fujian province and Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province.
Besides Mr Anjaan, other members of the team include CPI national executive member Mr Nagendra Nath Ojha, parliamentarian Mr Prabodh Panda, former MLAs Mr Satyan Mokeri and Mr K Ramkrishna and Mr Kolli Nageswara Rao and Mr Ram Pratap Tripathi.
The CPI had opposed acquisition of land in Nandigram in West Bengal for a private car project against the wishes of the farmers and had entered into slinging match with CPI-M after around 14 people were killed in a police firing.