Stir against RINL VSP Privatization Gaining Traction
While Visakha Ukku Nirvasita Ikya Sangham has been conducting a relay hunger strike at the camp in Ukkunagaram, hundreds of displaced families of the steel plant took out a huge rally against privatisation of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. The rally started at Kurmannapalem Junction and concluded at the administration building of the plant. The protesters demanded to stop privatisation of VSP and allotment of captive mines in order to overcome losses. Decades ago, close to 8,500 families scarified their lands to set up steel plant and many displaced families continue to wait to get placed in VSP.
Vizag Steel Plant Protection Committee has called for a Chalo Steel plant on March 20. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of its joint action committee with trade union and people’s organisations leaders. The meeting also called for organising dharnas on March 23 and 24 and take part in the all India bharat bandh to protest the farm bills and other anti-people programmes of the Modi government. Besides, relay fasts would be organised from March 30 in front of the Gandhi statue opposite the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation main building and awareness campaign to be taken up to involve the people in the movement to protect the steel plant
Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee representatives had served a notice on 11 March to Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited Chairman & Managing Director Mr PK Rath to go on strike on or after March 25 against the move to privatise the Vizag Steel Plant. In the strike notice, the committee demanded repeal of the approval accorded by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for 100% strategic sale of RINL, scrapping of the inter-secretaries group constituted to study the strategic sale, scrapping of the MoU signed with POSCO in 2019 for construction of an integrated steel plant, suspension of the recent MoU with National Buildings Construction Company on redevelopment and monetisation of land parcels at Maddilapalem and providing permanent employment to all the left out rehabilitation card holders. JAC said as per the rules, they were giving notice of 14 days to resolve the issues raised by them.