Visakha Ukku Committee Claims Huge Response to Protests at Delhi
Express News Service reported that enthusiasm of Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee, which has been spearheading agitation against privatisation of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, was on a high as its two day maha dharna in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday and has evoked overwhelming response from state and national leaders of various parties, including CPM, CPI, LJD, YSRC, TDP, Congress and left party affiliated wings. After protest at Jantar Mantar on Monday, maha dharna was held on the second day on Tuesday on the premises of Andhra Bhavan and slogans of ‘Save Vizag steel’ and ‘Visakha ukku Adhrula Hakku, rented the air. Steel workers raised slogans against the Centre. Porata committee leaders demanded withdrawal of its privatisation plan.
Various parties, including CPM, CPI, LJD, YSRC, TDP, Congress and left party affiliated wings extended support to VSP agitation. CPM general secretary Mr Yechuri Sitaram and CPI state president Mr K Ramakrishna attended the dharna. YSRC MPs led by their parliamentary party leader Mr V Vijayasai Reddy participated in the dharna. TDP MPs Mr Kesineni Nani and Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu and party leaders also attended the dharna.
But, Indian government has reiterated its stand to privatise it. Minister of State for Finance Mr Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad, in a written reply to YSRC MP Mr V Vijayasai Reddy’s query in the Rajya Sabha, said “The decision for 100% disinvestment of Government of India’s stake in RINL along with RINL’s stake in its subsidiaries/ joint ventures was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on January 27, 2021.”
The government also reiterated that Public Sector Enterprises in nonstrategic sector would be considered for privatisation if feasible, otherwise for closure.