Pithoragarh, October 25
Former Uttarakhand minister and BJP leader Prakash Pant has alleged that the Congress government is mulling to give agriculture land of the state to builders in the garb of carving out special economic zones in the SIIDCUL area of Pantnagar. He was reacting to laying of the foundation stone of the SIIDCUL-2 by the Chief Minister at Pantnagar today.

Pant said instead of making special economic zones, the Congress government should form a special agriculture zone on the land of Pantnagar Agriculture University.
“When there is no industrial package in the state at present, why the government is befooling the people as no industry will come without any incentive,” he said.
Pant alleged that it was during the Congress rule that agriculture land was allotted to industries in the state. “The Congress government gave 2,226 acres to industries for the first time on June 3, 2006, and followed it up by giving another 186.67 acres on February 23, 2007,” said the BJP leader.
Pant added of seven lakh hectares of agriculture land in the state, 3,000 hectares was without any agricultural activity. This land should be allocated to those 233 villages of the hill area which need immediate rehabilitation due to natural calamities, instead of giving it to builders in the name of promoting industry.

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