The hunger strike organized by workers at the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) against the centre’s decision to privatize VSP continued here on Tuesday, the 110th day.
Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee Chairman Ch.Narasinga Rao said workers should stand down in order to break the chain of COVID-19 and stop its further spread in the country. He claimed the center had failed to deliver vaccines to states and requested that the vaccines be made available to people free of charge in order to save their lives.
He also suggested that the government should take steps to prevent the spread of cases during the third wave, as predicted by doctors and health experts. Mr Narasinga Rao also called for the center to withdraw its decision to privatize VSP, supply the liquid medical oxygen (LMO) and save the lives of people in different parts of the country.
Porata Committee Chairs D. Adinarayana and Mantri Rajasekhar criticized the centre’s decision to privatize VSP. They warned that the workers would not accept it if the center tried to abuse the power given to it by the people for its own benefit in parliament.
Among those present were Porata Committee co-convener K. Satyanarayana, union representatives J. Ramakrishna, Demudu, AV Rao, Trinadh, Tirupathi Raju, Cheekati Srinu and Dhanaraju.