Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), a subsidiary organization of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has opposed the privatization of Air India. BMS says that this will affect the connectivity of the country’s low profit or loss-making route. The organization said that which private company would like to serve on these routes?
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh said that in calculating the losses and profits of Air India, it should also be taken into account that what Air India has to serve passengers in many lossy or low-profit routes of the country.
The statement said, ‘The privatization of AI will have a very wide impact. There are many airports where there are already less flights and there may be more crisis. Many emerging cities may face connectivity problems. The trade union said that no private company will work like connecting passengers from one city to another to serve only the passengers on the damaged route or to promote national unity.’
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said, “When it comes to the public sector, we have to consider what criteria we are adopting to measure their performance. It is wrong to base only monetary gains or losses. As we have said earlier, the purpose and goal of public companies are different.
He said, ‘Public companies serve the country, create best jobs, promote better living conditions, better consumption and responsible social behavior. While calculating the losses and profits of Air India, we have to keep in mind the fact that Air India is also operating on many low profit or loss routes, only for the service of passengers and contact of people from one area to another. . ‘
Significantly, two days ago, the government has introduced a plan to sell 100 percent stake of Air India. Despite all the opposition, the government is committed to selling Air India. On Monday, the government released a memorandum containing preliminary information about it.
According to the bid document issued by the government, 100 percent stake of Air India Express will be sold. Apart from this, 50% stake of AI will be sold in AISATS, a joint venture company of Air India and SATS. The management control of Air India will also be given to the winning company.
The trade union statement said, ‘The idea of selling PSUs in the name of saving taxpayers’ money and raising resources for expenditure on social schemes is flawed. When it comes to the aviation sector, this argument seems more useless, because even private companies have proved to be a failure in this, Kingfisher is a good example of this.
Upadhyay said, ‘There are many instances when the government has given a relief package to a private company or bank from taxpayers’ money. This is also a way to fund private business in an indirect way, while such companies do not give anything other than tax to the government if it is profitable. This is an ideal example of privatization of profits and socialization of losses. Keeping these things in mind, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has urged the government to think a hundred times before the disinvestment of Air India.