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SEZs to create 59 lakh jobs in Maharashtra: Govt

19th November, 2008

The Economic Times

SEZs to create 59 lakh jobs in Maharashtra: Govt
The Economic Times
19 Nov 2008, 2037 hrs IST, PTI
MUMBAI: Seeking to downplay criticism over lack of job opportunities for Maharashtrians in the state industries, the state government today said the proposed 131 SEZs in Maharashtra would create 59 lakh jobs.
Of the SEZs proposed in the state, 64 would come up in coastal Konkan region, 44 in western Maharashtra, 14 in Marathwada, nine in Vidarbha and six in Mumbai, a release from Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's office said.
Locals would be trained by the Government for cetain jobs, it added. Deshmukh has announced setting up of a Special Education Zone to train manpower needed for these SEZs, it said.
Altogether 44,282 hectares of land would be developed through SEZs, of which 3,200 hectares has been acquired so far, the release said. The government has already ensured adequate package for land owners giving their lands for SEZs, it said. The state government reiterated that land under irrigation would not be acquired for SEZs.

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