UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday opposed the government’s move to corporatise the Modern Coach Factory of the Indian Railways in Rae Bareli.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, Sonia Gandhi said that the privatisation of the modern coach factory will leave several workers unemployed. It is against one of the objectives of why the plant was set up during the UPA’s rule.
Sonia Gandhi accused the government of selling the country’s assets to private players at a throwaway price. She said the government has decided to corporatise six railway production units and the Modern Coach Factory is one of them.
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“Those who don’t understand the real meaning of corporatisation … it is actually the first step towards privatisation. They are selling the country’s assets to a handful of private players at a throwaway price. This will leave thousands unemployed,” Gandhi said.
She also highlighted how some PSUs, including the Hindustan Aeronauticals Limited (HAL), the BSNL and the MTNL, were facing troubled times. “Their conditions are not hidden from anyone,” she said.
The Congress leader also expressed her unhappiness over the government’s decision to merge the railway Budget with the general Budget.