Parliament march on February 23: Tapan Sen
Ports should not be encouraged to be operated on a private basis, Tapen Sen, MP and CITU general secretary, said.
He was speaking to reporters on Thursday ahead of the Eighth National Conference organised by the Water Transport Workers' Federation of India.
The government would have to incur a huge loss of revenue if the ports were privatised.
Infrastructural developments should not be established in ports under public–private partnership mode. In the name of simplifying the transaction systems in ports, the government was deregulating the proceedings of export and import. Mr Sen said. Port and dock workers and seamen were getting affected. The Central Government was insensitive to people's needs. Adequate measures should be taken to ease the restrictions over the modalities of export and import, he said.
To urge the Centre to bring down the price of essential commodities, curb the violation of labour law, shun disinvestment, liberalisation and privatisation of companies, members of all trade union bodies would stage a massive march to the Parliament on February 23.
Representatives of various ports took out a procession which commenced from the Rajaji Park to the venue. R. Singaravelu, State president, CITU, M.K. Pandhe, Vice President, CITU, T. Narendra Rao, general secretary, WTWFI and K. Kanagaraj, Chairman of Organising Committee, were present.