New Delhi: Coming out in strong opposition to the PSU disinvestment programme of the Modi government for companies like Air India, BSNL and BPCL, RSS affiliate, Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has slammed the move, saying that “strategic sales can be misused by corrupt officials to benefit special business houses”. The SJM’s national committee has passed a resolution opposing the strategic sale of these PSUs. “India should not sell its national assets to multinationals. The present plan of disinvestment is the result of conspiracies of some consultants, bureaucrats affected by some business houses,” it said.
The SJM has demanded that the NITI Aayog’s report on public sector enterprises should be rejected, and stressed the “need to examine the evaluation of PSEs keeping in mind the idea of doubling GDP in the next five years and accelerating it in the respective years”.“This report is the work of the vested interests of some advisors, they should be kept away from this work. The new report should be created with a new set of people who are not only free from prior assumptions but have open views to consider Indian needs,” the resolution said.
The SJM also expressed the view that doing business is not the business of the government, but in the name of disinvestment, “we oppose the scheme of handing over national assets to multinational corporations and corporate houses”.
On the sale of BPCL, SJM said that Saudi Aramco is eyeing its assets after India announced the divestment of the oil marketing company. “This is not only unacceptable but also dangerous. Property created with national sentiments and hard work should not be held in the possession of foreign oil companies,” the RSS affiliate said. (IANS)