The main port and port workers denounce the monetization plan
Calling the Centre’s National Monetization Pipeline (NMP) to have mobilized ₹ 6 lakh crore by ceding national assets as “anti-national”, the Major Port and Dock Workers’ Federation pledged to fight resolutely against the decision to donate. national and international companies. the assets accumulated with the sweat and sacrifices of the workers.
The Federation of large ports and dockers has decided to start its protest against this decision from September 24.
In a joint statement released here on Saturday after a meeting of representatives, the federation said representatives have gathered here to discuss and finalize the joint charter of demands for a new salary review, which is expected to take place from January 1, 2022. and the serious challenges facing major ports as a result of central government “anti-national policies”.
Denouncing the Union government’s NMP as a “backward policy with little motivation,” the federation said the Center plans to divest 31 productive assets from major ports worth around 14,483 crore, as the NMP was designed to enable private companies to earn huge income from people’s property.
As part of this proposal, the Union government planned to monetize Pier 9, North Loading Pier III and Berths 1-4 at VOC Port, Thoothukudi, for a total value of 2,999 crore on a progressive basis. from 2021 to 2025. is nothing other than looting the property of the Port, ”added the federation.
The new Large Port Authority Law of 2021 gives authority and power to the respective port authorities to effect the structural change in the management of the port to convert it into a “model owner port” in which management responsibilities are delegated to the private sector while that the titles in the land and the assets remain with the government.
Cargo handling terminals at major ports would be privatized through a public-private partnership under the new model concession agreement, which was recently finalized by the Ministry of Ports, Navigation and Transport. Waterways to cancel the existing model and introduce the “Proprietary model”.
The federation also expressed concern over some more serious problems facing major ports and their workers due to “arbitrary, illogical and anti-labor decisions” by the Ministry of the Navy, such as failure to comply with various regulations. statutory.
Thus, the federation had decided to mobilize port and port workers against this movement and called on democratic forces in and around the major ports to join the port workers at war on September 24 to show their solidarity against these policies.
The meeting was attended by former MP PK Samanthray from Paradip, PM Mohamed Haneef and Thomas Sebastian from Kochi, T. Narendra Rao and GM Krishanmurthy from Chennai, R. Russel and Sankaralingam from Thoothukudi, SR Apraj and VV Rane from Mumbai and Prakash of Visakapattinam and others.