Communist Party of India General Secretary D RAJA has issued the following statements on 08.07.2020
CPI deplores the Centre’s decision to finalize the modalities of corporatising the 41 Ordnance Factories.
Ignoring the opposition of the 82,000 defence civilian employees and the trade unions of the 41 Ordnance Factories, the Central government is going ahead with its decision to corporatise the 218-years-old Indian Ordnance Factories. Converting a departmentally-run defence industry into a PSU and to privatise the same will jeopardise the defence preparedness of our country.
The government recently notified a request for proposal (tender) for appointing a consultant for providing strategic and implementation management consulting services to assist the Ministry of Defence in the process of corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board.
The Ministry of Defence is claiming through its press release that the government is in the process of consultation with the trade unions on the subject of corporatising the Ordnance Factories. The major federations of the defence civilian employees have refused to attend any meeting to discuss about corporatisation of Ordnance Factories. Calling expression of interest-cum-request for proposal for selection of consultant exposes the design of the government. The federations of the defence civilian employees are already preparing for an indefinite strike against the government’s decision and they have appealed to the Prime Minister to withdraw the government decision.
CPI deplores the Centre’s move in destroying the 218-years-old defence industry and supports the employees of the Ordnance Factories, who are protesting against corporatisation of the Ordnance Factories.
CPI protests against the decision to merge CBDT and CBIC and to downsize the cadre at all levels.
CPI also notes with deep concern that the government is considering a proposal to merge the direct and indirect taxes Board i.e. the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), with an intention to massively downsize the cadre at all levels. It is also noted with serious concern that many allowances of the employees will be curtailed and there will be a freeze of further recruitment in the cadre of Indian Revenue Service. Apart from freezing new jobs, the posts which are lying vacant may not be filled in future. One by one the central government is abolishing the central government departments and the posts lying vacant thereby taking away the employment opportunities of the lakhs and lakhs of unemployed youth of this country.
CPI protests against such retrograde steps of the government and calls upon the people against such anti-people policies being adopted by the Modi government.