The Modi government, which is facing criticism from the opposition for disinvestment in public sector undertakings, is now facing opposition from its own. The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has announced a nationwide protest on October 28 to protest this move of the central government.
Speaking to ANI, Girishchandra Arya, All India Secretary, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) said, “The Coordination Committee of BMS has decided to oppose the government’s decision to disinvest public sector enterprises. All trade unions identified for the movement should oppose this policy of the government, but they chose to remain silent. In such a situation, we have decided to hold a nationwide dharna.
He added, “It doesn’t matter who is in power. Our stand for the public sector should remain the same. It should be realized that the public sector pays very good dividends. Why does the central government want to sell it?
“The government has failed on the disinvestment front. The government also failed on the privatization front. The government is working with the help of economists who promote these steps. He doesn’t know anything about the country. Our Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman herself says that the government is not selling. I agree that this step is being put on lease by the government.
On 1 February, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the budget for the financial year 2021-22, said that the government has approved the policy of strategic disinvestment of public sector enterprises for disinvestment in all non-strategic and strategic sectors. Will provide a clear roadmap.