Workers flay move to privatise train routes, rly stations

Condemning the recommendations of Amitabh Kant-led Niti Aayog to privatise 50 railway stations across the country and 150 profit-making train routes, the railway employees affiliated to the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union staged a demonstration in front of Tiruchy Armory Gate near Ponmalai Railway Workshop here on Wednesday and burnt copies of the Niti Aayog Committee recommendations.
Workers flay move to privatise train routes, rly stations
SRMU men burn copies of Amitabh Kant-led Niti Aayog recommendations in Tiruchy on Wednesday

Thiruchirapalli

The protesters, led by SRMU deputy general secretary Veerasekaran, said the Amitabh Kant-led Niti Aayog has recommended to the Union Government to hand over 50 railway stations and 150 highly profit-making train routes to the private players, claiming to generate more revenue for the railways.

“It is the move to privatise the entire railways across the country. Allowing private firms in the railway sector would put burden on the employees as well as the commuters as the private parties would certainly hike the fare as they would see the railway service as a profit-making business,” said Veerasekaran while addressing the members.

Similarly, the railway employees, who have completed 33 years of service, were asked to proceed for voluntary retirement as a part of privatisation move and many employees are to be thrown out of job once this decision has been implemented, they said.

Meanwhile, the Niti Aayog recommendations direct to privatise the railway workshop which would be a heavy blow to the India’s pride. They claimed that the appointment of more contract workers in the railways is a sign of forcing the regular employees to retire from their service.

The members raised slogans in support of their protest and burnt copies of the report on Niti Aayog recommendations.

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