Interview with Magsaysay Award winner Aruna Roy
canada goose outlet real Ask Aruna Roy, one of the conveners of the People’s Audit on Special Economic Zones, what is wrong with India’s Special Economic Zones Act, 2005, and there’s no stopping her. canada goose outlet real
Fighting for the poor and underprivileged has become the mission of her life ever since she quit the Indian Administrative Services in 1975 and set up base in Rajasthan.
canada goose outlet store calgary Why do you say the canada goose outlet store Special Economic Zones Act 2005 is unconstitutional? canada goose outlet store calgary
canada goose factory outlet toronto location The SEZ Act 2005 denies Indian citizens the fundamental right to freedom of movement. First of all, there is no right of entry into these projects without permission. Now in the whole of India, as an Indian citizen, I canada goose outlet canada can go anywhere. This is not China. I am not banned from leaving my state and moving into another state. canada goose factory outlet toronto location
There is freedom of movement in Jammu canada goose outlet Kashmir, even in Sikkim. I can go anywhere. But in the SEZs created in my canada goose outlet in usa own hinterland I can only enter if I have a pass issued by a civil servant who is appointed as the caretaker of that SEZ.
There are no elections possible in an SEZ; there are no labour laws applicable inside these SEZs; the owner of the SEZ pays no taxes to the government and the bank loans (money lent by Indian banks) are going to be treated as foreign loans, with all the sops that a foreign bank will give to such borrowers.
canada goose outlet england So, if you look at the sum of it,the SEZ law is appalling. And then, of course, the SEZ owner pays almost canada goose jacket outlet https://www.uscanadagooseoutletsale.com nothing for the electricity, nothing for the water, and gets all the advantages for exports. canada goose outlet england
Wy is it in contravention of the Constitution? What is so wrong canada goose outlet new york city with the Act?
The Indian Constitution gives you the right to learn, right to form associations, right canada goose outlet sale to vote. These are all your constitutional rights within the territorial jurisdiction of this country and they just can’t be taken away by an canada goose factory outlet Act.
canada goose outlet seattle Also see: ‘We can buy out the Ambanis and Tatas in five years time’ canada goose outlet seattle
‘Farmers are aware that SEZ are not in their interests’
canada goose clothing uk Asking the canada goose outlet uk State to grab land has to stop! canada goose clothing uk
canada goose outlet us Indian goose outlet canada middle class leading a selfish life canada goose outlet us
India’s great rush for SEZs
During your address you said that India needs a complete overhaul of the system.
canada goose jacket outlet toronto I didn’t say that. What I did say was that the entire democratic canada goose black friday sale system needs to canada goose outlet be cleansed and reclaimed by the people. We want democracy, but this kind of democracy is fascism. What we really need to do is then therefore use the tools of accountability, transparency and the Right canada goose outlet uk sale to Information Act in all walks of public life. I need to know where my money is going, what is being done with my money. canada goose jacket outlet toronto
canada goose outlet winnipeg address What I will therefore say is we need a public audit canada goose outlet jackets of the SEZs. If they (SEZs) have had the mandate to export, after getting the land from those who till the land, we need to know what are they exporting. Who does the audit of those companies? canada goose outlet winnipeg address
canada goose outlet uk Ultimately what they do is they don’t produce anything and after some years they will just become real estate agents. And that’s not for what the government gives them the land at subsidised rates, chucks out people from their land canada goose outlet toronto factory and snatch their living. canada goose outlet uk
canada goose parka outlet You want to say that SEZ developers are not accountable to anybody? canada goose parka outlet
canada goose outlet buffalo Absolutely not. Not even in terms of how much they canada goose outlet reviews will produce and sell abroad. They must be told that if you invest X amount of money then you must have production and exports of so much amount and tell them how much to export out of that. Even that’s not being done in this Act. (Arre), this is absurd. canada goose outlet buffalo
In China there are two SEZs and in India we have got more than 450. What is this?
canada goose outlet in canada Have you lost faith in such a democracy? canada goose outlet in canada
No, I haven’t lost my faith in democracy. I have lost my faith in the way democracy is used by the people who go into certain institutions (Parliament) in this manner. I think it’s like the parson’s egg which is good in parts. Even our government is good in parts in the sense that the same Parliament gave us the Right to Information Act and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act as well as the Special Economic Zone Act.
But then we need to educate our parliamentarians; we need to educate our politicians. Their levels of literacy is so low, their levels of exposure (to people’s problems) are so low. After all, politicians are really the custodians of our Constitution, of the people but today they have become custodians of themselves.
Getting a new political party will not solve the problem; it is the interaction with the people that will help. After all, where will we go?
canada goose outlet price It is my country, an independent country. I can’t ask for any outside intervention to cleanse it. I think it is the failure of the so called literate people, of my generation, the generation after me and also the current generation who think that running the country is not their business. In a democracy it is your business and my business to see that the country works properly. canada goose outlet price
What next? Where do you plan to hold the next People’s Audit?
canada goose outlet belgium It’s a big route that we have charted out. The next audit I think could be in Gujarat or Mangalore and after that we will go to all other areas in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and when we come to Delhi with our findings which won’t be impressionistic; we will present facts, hard evidence. Even today we have hard evidence, but the hard evidence is not posited in the manner where people can say yes or no (to the SEZs) canada goose outlet belgium.