Rail Unions wants Modi to clarify Stand on Privatization in Parliament

Rajkot (RJT): Coming out strongly against the central government’s approach on privatization of railways, the Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh (WRMS) has demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi give a statement on the issue in the Parliament.

WRMS general secretary J G Mahurkar told that WRMS is opposed to 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indian Railways.

“PM Modi had given a statement that government would not privatize railways but we demand that he should give the same statement on the floor of the parliament. We are going hold a mega rally in Mumbai on February 23 wherein lakhs of our members from across the country will participate and will decide the future course of action,” Mahurkar said. He was in the city to participate in inaugural function of WRMS’s new office in Rajkot.

“The action committee of joint consultative machinery has given a strike notice to the government against the implementation of 100 per cent FDI and privatization of railways,” he said. Mahurkar is also vice- president of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen.

He further said that there are other important projects that railways need to take up immediately to provide better services to the people.

“There are only 30 per cent trains that have electrification and rest are run on diesel which costs five times more to public exchequer. Railways have surplus land which can be sold and money can be generated. We will not allow privatization of Railways at all,” he asserted.

There are over 1.15 lakh railway workers associated with WRMS. “If our talks fail with government, then we will take the last resort to stop train services,” he added.