Former chief minister Manik Sarkar addressing 1st All India Lawyers’ Union’s conference at Agartala Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: The central government is disinvesting all the public sector undertakings to private corporate at a cheaper rate, said former chief minister and leader of opposition Manik Sarkar here on Saturday.

Sarkar was addressing the first All India Lawyers’ Union’s (AILU) in West Tripura district conference where he said that the BJP-led government is handing over the defence and ordinance manufacturing to hands of foreign corporates keeping the doors and windows of the country open.

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“People have suffered double attacks from the economic front and COVID front during the pandemic, which led to economic crises in their lives. We had asked the government to take initiatives to improve the situation by providing Rs 7,500 monthly allowance to families below tax slabs for 6-7 months in addition with free ration and developing healthcare infrastructure among others”, Sarkar said.

He said that neither the government or the corporates have taken any steps on this front; instead, the centre is disinvesting public sector undertakings to private hands at cheaper rates.

“The centre has recently adopted a series of poor economic decisions, including disinvestment in public sector undertakings (PSUs). They are handing over PSUs, one after another, to domestic and foreign corporate houses at cheap rates.

Strategic sectors like defence and ordinance manufacturing, which would provide arms and ammunition to safeguard the country and protect its sovereignty, in case war breaks out with other countries, are being handed over to foreign private enterprises”, Sarkar added.

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Speaking about the COVID-19 management in India, Sarkar said that the migrant workers are the worst sufferers of the pandemic. He accused the centre for not providing adequate food and transportation facilities for them which led to death of many on their way back to home walking hundreds of kms.

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The veteran CPIM leader also said that amidst the pandemic, over 85 to 90 percent of healthcare services were handed over to private service providers across the country.

The senior leader appealed to the lawyers present in the conference to stand with the people in safeguarding the rights of the common people.

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