Youth Congress ‘Shirtless’ Protest Against Railways Privatisation

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Youth Congress activists stage a demonstration against privatisation in the Railways, in New Delhi on July 3, 2020. — IANS

Privatisation will gradually lead to trains becoming unaffordable for the common man, says Congress’ youth wing

NEW DELHI — The Youth Congress organised a symbolic shirtless protest in Delhi on Friday against the central government over privatisation of Indian Railways after the government invited tenders to run private trains on selected routes.

The Youth Congress in a statement said “since the present BJP led NDA government came to power in 2014, many government PSUs and otherwise government held assets have moved towards privatisation.”

The government is attempting to turn the Railways into a private business, whereas, on account of it being the most affordable means of travel for the common man, it remains a public service. Therefore, the IYC opposed the government move in a symbolic “shirtless” protest at its Raisina Road headquarters, said its spokesperson Amrish Ranjan Pandey.

The Youth Congress alleged that the anti-poor government at the Centre has also consistently moved towards privatisation of Indian Railways, which will gradually lead to trains becoming unaffordable for the common man.

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