RINL Employees Families Rally against Privatisation in Vizag
Express News Service reported that after 53 days, the agitation against privatization of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited is gaining further momentum as more and more people are extending support to it and a lot of activity was witnessed at the relay hunger strike camps at Kurmannapalem Junction and the Gandhi statue at the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation office in Visakhapatnam. Beach Road in the city on Sunday was reverberated with the slogan ‘Visakha Ukku Andhrula Hakku’ as hundreds of people participated in ‘Maha Kavatu’ organised by the Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee against privatisation of the steel plant. The Beach Road was a chock-a-block as the steel plant employees and their family members and leaders of various political parties participated in ‘Maha Kavatu’, which began from the NTR statue and concluded at the YSR Statue. They raised slogans denouncing the Mr Narendra Modi government’s move to privatise Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. Dubbed as preparatory rally for the proposed April 18 ‘Maha Sabha’, where several farmer leaders, including Mr Rakesh Tikait, and political leaders, will participate, evoked a good response from people apart from VSP employees.
Also on Sunday, the Defence Coordination Committee members undertook a padayatra protesting against privatisation of the steel plant and other PSUs, including defence sector. The padayatra began from the industrial estate and culminated at the Gandhi statue.
A signature campaign was organised on Monday by the All Trade Unions, People’s Organisations and Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee at the bus shelter near the Gandhi Statue Junction. Centurion University Vice-Chancellor Mr GSN Raju launched the campaign by signing on the huge banner.