Shri Provash Ghosh, General Secretary, SUCI(C), has issued the following statement today:
We vehemently oppose the reported out and out anti-people move of the BJP-led Central Government to invite bid from private operators to run passenger trains in select routes to provide the scope for unbridled exploitation of passengers by capitalist operators. After introduction of outsourcing many functions of the Railways for being operated on commercial basis, the process of eventual complete privatization of Railways has now been rolled out with this sinister move. The government is also reported to be mulling abolition of whatever little subsidy is provided now to rail ticket meaning a steep rise in passenger fare is on the anvil.
We call upon all democratic-minded right-thinking people, organizations and other bodies to unite and assert powerful voice of protest to compel the government to reverse its aforesaid move.