The Bharatiya Port and Shipyard Mazdoor Maha Sangh (BPSMMS) has demanded that secret ballot be held in all ports elections like the way it is held in the Railways, Posts and Defence organisations for recognising various federations and unions.

Among the other demands raised at the sixth all India conference of the Port and Shipyard Mazdoor Maha Sangh that concluded here on Sunday were that the Government should not allow a new port — in private or public sector — within 300 kms of an existing port as this would hamper the growth of the existing port.

Pawan Kumar, national secretary of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh from Bhopal, called for a strict vigil against the Dubai Port International (DPI), which he claimed had been barred in the U.S. after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre.

However, DPI is active in Kochi and Vishakapatnam ports and is expanding its activities to other ports too, he said. , C. K. Sajinarayanan, national vice-president of BMS, was the chief guest at the concluding session of the conference.

He said that the world is looking up to the Indian economy that has remained resilient to the worldwide recession.

The two-day conference had begun on Saturday. P. E. Mokal of Mumbai Port was elected the new president at the elections.

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