Shri Provash Ghosh, General Secretary, SUCI(C), has issued the following statement today : —
It is a matter of deep indignation that a Committee headed by Shri Bibek Deb Roy, a bourgeois economist who is known to be extremely close and endearing to Prime Minster Modi, has come out with a blatant recommendation for taking immediate drastic steps to privatize Indian Railways in fulfillment of the wish of the ruling capitalist class. Hitherto, phased privatization of the Indian Railways was being done in a concealed manner through PPP route, large scale outsourcing and such other ways keeping people in the dark. But now the veil has been taken off and the sinister agenda of the BJP government to hand over railway operation to private capitalists has been effectuated by way of eliciting desired recommendation from a pliant committee constituted for this very purpose. Indian railways built with the sweat and blood of the common Indian people is one of the largest in the world and is a national asset created with public money. Obviously, gifting this prime national asset to the private capitalists is impermissible and unacceptable.
So, there is urgent and imperative need to frustrate this pernicious move by developing a countrywide powerful movement. Hence, we call upon the countrymen to come forward and build up that movement in right earnest to stall privatization of Indian railway. Our fervent appeal is also to all the trade unions to unleash a militant working class movement and force the government under pressure of movement to reverse this out and out anti-people decision.