Thursday, February 28, 2008

Privatization: CPM double speak

Reacting to the railway minister’s drive towards privatisation of container trains and depots, outsourcing of railway services and privatisation of railway property , CPI(M) Politburo said in a statement

“The CPI(M) is opposed to these privatisation measures announced in the Railway Budget and demands that these should not be taken forward,”

CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta said later

"We staged a walkout against privatisation and Bengal being neglected. I don’t think the Kerala MPs understood what was happening, so they stayed on,” .

C.S. Sujatha of the Kerala CPM virtually echoed Gurudas when she said

“we strongly oppose the privatisation moves”

Earlier in the month, They gave a clarion call to Oppose Airport Privatization move by UPA Govt.  Describing the government decision to privatise Delhi and Mumbai airports as ‘shameless surrender’ to private parties, CPM threatened to intensify its agitation against the move and also take up the matter in Parliament.

CPM  politburo member Brinda Karat said after addressing agitating workers at the New Delhi airport

"Government has taken a very wrong decision. They have put all ethics of transparency and justice aside and taken this decision. It is not only a matter of privatisation, it is a matter of ignoring 22,000-strong AAI organisation,"


With all this, you would assume that Left Parties of India are in forefront of opposition to privatization in India and you would assume that Indian Airports are protected from "Private Devils"

Now Guess where is India's first privately owned airport being Build! Surprise Surprise...  its in West Bengal.  Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd. (BAPL) today signed a Technical Services Agreement (TSA) with Changi Airports International (CAI) for the upcoming airport within the Durgapur Aerotropolis project. This Greenfield project will be India’s first privately owned airport, a part of the USD 2.5 billion Durgapur Aerotropolis.

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