CPI(M) Dubs NRC As Tool for Polarization; Opposes Privatisation of PSUs

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CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri said the party has reiterated its opposition to the extension of the National Register of Citizens to the entire country. — File photo

The CPI(M) opposes the extension of the NRC to entire country calling it an unnecessary and wasteful process as Aadhar and EPIC cards are in vogue. The party also demands rollback of privatization of PSUs

Caravan News

NEW DELHI — Strongly reacting to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement on NRC in the Rajya Sabha, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday said it is totally against any such exercise which is meant to polarize the people on the communal lines. The party termed it as an unnecessary and wasteful process as Aadhar and EPIC cards are in vogue.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the Polit Bureau of the party has reiterated its opposition to the extension of the National Register of Citizens to the entire country.

The Home Minister, Amit Shah has announced in parliament that the process of National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be carried out across the country and along with that the NRC will be repeated in Assam.

Though the Home Minister has not specified when this will be undertaken, the NRC process is starting with the enumeration for the National Population Register (NPR) which is to begin on April 1, 2020. It is on the basis of the NPR that the NRC will be finalized.

Sitaram Yechury alleged that it is meant only to fulfill the ruling party’s agenda of targeting certain sections that are branded as “foreigners”.

“The CPI (M) is strongly opposed to a repetition of the NRC process in Assam. The NRC process was undertaken under the supervision of the Supreme Court. The whole process had incurred an expenditure of Rs. 1600 crore,” CPI(M) leader said.

Now what is necessary is to ensure that those Indian citizens who were excluded from the final list are brought into the list as another NRC exercise will impose new burden on the exchequer and will create feeling of insecurities among various sections of the people, Yechury said adding that it will only serve the BJP’s agenda of communally dividing the people.

The CPI(M) also demanded the rollback of privatization of Public Sector units saying it is “detrimental” to sovereignty of the country.

“The cabinet approval for the sale of government’s stake in the highly profit-making Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) is completely detrimental to India’s sovereignty. Along with BPCL, four other PSUs including the Shipping Corporation of India and the Container Corporation of India, THDCIL and the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation are on the block. The government will also cease management control of these PSUs.”

It is to be noted here that the Modi government, which has been on privatization spree, has shortlisted 28 PSUs in steel, engineering, construction, aviation, electronic, ports, railways, defence production and some other sectors for privatization within a year.

In order to meet its profligate expenditure, mostly on propaganda and spin, this government is selling public assets to meet a target of raising Rs. 1.10 lakh crores. In the process, the party alleged that productive and value creating PSUs are being sold to promote their “crony corporate” to gain strategic control of the Indian economy.

CPI(M) said it is akin to selling family silver to meet daily expenditures inevitably ruining the family.

CPI(M) has extended its support to the countrywide strike by all unions of BPCL on November 28. The party has already announced a month-long campaign against privatization of PSUs in December.

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