PSUs are ‘temples of modern India’ : Sonia quotes Nehru to advise Modi on privatisation of PSUs

New Delhi, July 2 : Expressing concern over the BJP government trying to privatize the ‘Modern Coach Factory’ in Rae Bareli and some public sector undertakings, including HAL, BSNL and MTNL, Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday reminded the Narendra Modi government in the Parliament that Pt Jawaharlal Nehru had termed PSUs as ‘temples of modern India’ and if such institutions are privatized to benefit industrialists then it will cause uncertainty among employees and their families.

In Lok Sabha, Sonia Gandhi said, “the government is seeking to surreptitiously privatise the Modern Coach Factory in Rae Bareli but former PM Jawaharlal Nehru had termed PSUs as ‘temples of modern India’. It hurts to see that most of such temples are in danger today. Despite profits, their employees are not being salary on time & they’ve been put in trouble to benefit some industrialists.”

The UPA chairperson expressed concerns over the condition of some public sector undertakings, including HAL, BSNL and MTNL.

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

“The real concern is that they have chosen Modern Coach Factory for the experiment,” the Rae Bareli lawmaker said.

She added that the factory had been set up by the UPA government to boost manufacturing in the country and is the “most modern plant” that makes good quality coaches at cheap prices.

“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 PSUs and give respect to the farmers and their families,” the senior Congress leader said.

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

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

She also expressed unhappiness over BJP-led NDA government’s decision to merge rail budget with general budget.

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