A signature campaign was organized on Monday by all unions, popular organizations and the Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata committee in the bus shelter near the Gandhi Statue Junction near GVMC.
The Vice Chancellor of Centurion University, GSN Raju, who started the campaign by signing the giant banner, spoke out against the privatization of the Visakhapatnam Steel Mill (VSP). He said PSUs were set up on land sacrificed by farmers and with the taxes paid by the people. They were strengthened by the contribution of the employees. It was wrong on the part of the center to privatize VSP, he said, and called for his decision to be reversed immediately.
Political scientist Telakapalli Ravi officially started the fourth day of the series of hunger strikes organized by the committee. ‘Atma Nirbhar’ does not mean selling power supplies to private companies. He praised the people for their joint fight against the privatization of VSP.
IFTU President P. Prasad said the goal for privatizing PSUs when the new economic policy was introduced in 1991 was to complete the privatization within 10 years. It was extended to 30 years due to the relentless fighting and strikes of the working class.
AITUC Leader SM Moulali, INTUC Leader K. Eswara Rao, Chairman of the Porata Committee M. Jaggu Naidu, Vice Chairman Padala Ramana, Leader Ganesh Panda, K. Rammurthi, M. Venkateswarlu, RKSV Kumar, B. Jagan, B. Venkata Rao, SK Rahaman and USN Raju were among the participants.