India’s efforts to copy China’s model of special economic zones (SEZs) has run into rough weather. All credit to the government for finally coming up with a policy that would drive industrial growth. But it once again failed in planning and anticipating the problems that large scale land acquisition would cause.
The violence at Nandigram (the site for a proposed chemicals SEZ) has forced the government and companies to redraw their plans.
This report brings out the essential issues surrounding the developement of SEZs and the work that the government needs to do in making the concept acceptable at the grassroots level.