Vastavam web: Pilgrim city reverberated with slogans on Wednesday opposing the Central government’s move to privatise Indian Railways. Several organisations like Andhra Pradesh Abhivrudhi Porata Samithi (AAPS), Nava Samaj Federation (NSF), Rayalaseema Porata Samithi (RPS) and Sudarshan Auto Union organised a dharna at Tirupati Railway Station protesting the Centre’s move to privatise railways.
They gathered in large numbers and raised slogans against the Modi government. The leaders alleged that the Centre had chalked out a 100-day plan of action which will open the flood gates for privatisation in railways. To benefit the private players, the NDA government was trying to privatise railways which has been generating a revenue of Rs 2.5 lakh crore per annum and extending services to 3 crore people daily.
Once railways go into the hands of private people, employees will have no guarantee for their jobs and will not have any insurance facilities. People will have to forego various concessions and freight transport will become costlier which will have a serious impact on all sections of the people. The private operators will certainly fleece passengers in the form of user charges and other fees for each and everything and will make life difficult for ordinary people, they argued.
They warned that if government fails to withdraw the idea of railway privatisation, which was the fourth largest railway system in the world, then the agitations will be intensified, the leaders warned.