“Nehru termed PSUs as temples of modern India”,Sonia Gandhi opposes privatization of factories

New Delhi | UPA Chairman Sonia Gandhi in Lok Sabha today opposed the privatisation of factories in her constituency Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh today.

Accusing the government of “secretly privatizing” the Modern Coach Factory she said that it has caused uncertainty among employees and their families.

She raised the issue during the zero hour in Lok Sabha and said that privatization leads to thousands of people getting unemployed and is against the objectives for which the plant had been set up.

“That which is happening with HAL, BSNL and MTNL is no secret. I urge the government to protect the modern coach factory in Rae Bareli and other PSUs & give respect to the workers and their families”, she claimed.

She also quoted the then Prime Ministe of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and alleged that he believed the “Public Sector Units were modern temples of India”.

The UPA government had set up these factories to give a boost to the employment and manufacturing.

“The employees have also not been taken into confidence. It is a matter of sadness that their and their families’ future is in danger,” she said.

“I urge the government to protect the Modern Coach Factory and other public sector undertakings or PSUs and give respect to the farmers and their families,” the senior Congress leader added.

“Their condition is not hidden from anyone,” she said.

Gandhi said privatisation leads to priceless assets going to a few private hands at very cheap prices and thousands getting unemployed.

She also expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s move of merging rail budget with the General budget.

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