Sunday, January 28, 2007

'SEZs must offer 80% jobs to locals in Goa'

'SEZs must offer 80% jobs to locals in Goa'

PTI[ THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2007 03:26:40 AM]

PANAJI: Goa government said on Wednesday that it will make 80%
employment for locals mandatory in the proposed special economic zones
(SEZ) in the state. “We will withdraw their (SEZ) permissions, if they
don’t adhere to 80% employment to the locals,” industries minister
Luizinho Faleiro told the assembly.

The opposition members, however, ridiculed the minister’s statement.
They said that under SEZ Act, 2005, the state has no control over such
matters like employment. “State has no control over SEZ. It’s like a
foreign territory,” leader of opposition Manohar Parrikar said, adding
the government is “misleading the House”.

The minister, however, stuck to his statement, stating that the
government would not allow the SEZs in the state, if they don’t adhere
to the law of land making 80% employment to the locals mandatory. As per
reply on the floor of the House, the state government is in the process
of acquiring land for the proposed SEZs.


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