Protest against RINL VSP Privatization Intensifies Further
Tension prevailed as trade unions and VSP employees intensified their stir. Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited’s Steel Plant Parirakashana Samithi blocked the
Tension prevailed as trade unions and VSP employees intensified their stir. Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited’s Steel Plant Parirakashana Samithi blocked the administrative office of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited in protest against Union Finance Minister Ms Nirmala Sitharaman's remarks in the Parliament. Their numbers swelled with the employees, their family members, trade union leaders along with activists rushed to the administrative building and prevented any official or staff from entering it. An effigy of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi was also burnt during a protest near the Gandhi statue, opposite the GVMC. Trade union leaders squatted on various roads, opposing the privatisation move. They said the agitation will be taken to the next level. They demanded that the state government should step forward to mount pressure on the Union government to withdraw its decision on privatising VSP
Joint Action Committee of trade unions of the steel plant chairman and CITU leader M Jaggu Naidu warned the BJP government of serious consequences, if it went ahead with its decision. They recalled that the people had given 22,000 acres of land for the establishment of the plant. In addition, the state government has been providing infrastructural facilities like water.
Meanwhile Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has once again written a letter to Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi opposing privatisation of Vizag Steel Plant and sought an appointment with the Prime Minister to discuss the issue. He wrote “I will bring an all-party delegation including the representatives of trade unions to represent to you directly the concerns being expressed by the people of Andhra Pradesh, employees and various stakeholders.”