Give away wastelands for industries: FM to farmers

Sivaganga, Oct 29 | Updated: Oct 30 2007, 05:42am hrs
Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram has called upon farmers to give away their non-arable lands for setting up industries, while assuring that the government was bound to protect the interests of the ryots.

It is the duty of the government to protect the interests of the farmers and they too have to agree to give their wastelands and non-arable lands for industries, he said at a function here on Sunday.

Questioning the reluctance of people to give way to industrialisation, Chidambaram said there would have been no industries, if farmers had raised slogans against giving their lands decades ago.

Now the country was witnessing a 10% growth, he said while reassuring that the governments concerned about the welfare of the farmers.

Further, loans to the tune of Rs 2.25 lakh crore have been disbursed to farmers this year itself, he said while inaugurating a paper mill in the town. He said the paper industry was experiencing a fast growth and that it was right time to start new mills as the government was encouraging entrepreneur skills of the people.