A pan-India workers' group affiliated to the BJP's ideological mentor the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has criticised the government's policy announcements on eight key sectors on Saturday as heavy on privatisation, which could lead to job cuts. The group said the 'public sector played a crucial role' amid the coronavirus pandemic when the 'private players and market were paralysed'.
'The fourth day of announcements of the Finance Minister, Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, is a sad day for the nation and its people, who were on a euphoria hearing the first three days' announcements,' the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, general secretary, Mr. Virjesh Upadhyay, said.
Mrs Sitharaman announced major policy changes for the eight key sectors to boost growth amid the pandemic, which has brought businesses to a standstill. The sectors are coal, minerals, defence manufacturing, airspace management, airports, power distribution, space and atomic energy.
'The Government becoming shy of consultation and dialogue with trade unions, social representatives and stakeholders shows lack of confidence in their own ideas and is highly condemnable. In most of these sectors, our unions were already in agitation on corporatisation and privatisation,' said Mr Upadhyay.
'For our policymakers structural reforms and competition means privatisation. But we have recently experienced, in times of crisis private players and markets were paralysed and the public sector played a crucial role,' he said.