The agitation against the strategic sale of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel plant, will be continued despite moves by some vested interests to weaken it, said CITU leader KVP Chandramouli.
Speaking at a relay hunger strike camp being organized by the all-party trade unions and Praja Sangahala Joint Action Committee at Gandhi statue near the GVMC office here on Friday, he demanded that the Centre give its move to privatize VSP as it is the pride of people of Andhra Pradesh.
Motor Workers Union leader M Subba Rao alleged that the Modi government totally failed in controlling the second wave of Covid-19. The economy was in the doldrums and lakhs of people lost their jobs due to local lockdowns and Covid curbs. But, the BJP government had ignored all these burning problems and focused more on winning in the Assembly elections in West Bengal.
The Kerala government stood as a role model for other states in the distribution of essential commodities and relief material to the people affected by the Covid pandemic, he said. Meanwhile, the relay hunger strike being organized Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee at Kurmannapalem Junction in the city entered the 106th day on Friday.
Speaking at the fast camp, Porata Committee chairman D Adinarayana and convenor J Ayodhayaram said they were determined to resist privatization of the steel plant at any cost. Their agitation would continue till the Modi government gave up the proposal, they said. They found fault with the ‘adamant’ attitude of the steel plant management towards its workers who are striving even during the Covid-19 pandemic. The BJP government would have to pay a heavy price if it failed to change its anti-worker policies, he said.