Northern Railway Men’s Union (NRMU) organised a protest against the ‘privatisation’ and foreign direct investment (FDI) in railways on Tuesday.
The protest was organised at the gate of the city railway station in which employees from several railway stations in large numbers took part. The agitators named their rally ‘Demand Day’ which was held under the headship of Sukhjinder Singh, president, NRMU, Ludhiana.
Daljit Singh, divisional secretary, NRMU, Ludhiana, said the rally was organised on the call of All India Railwaymen’s Federation. “The central government is imposing foreign direct investment on railways. It wants to hand over the railways to the corporate sector. The government is doing so on the recommendations of Vivek Dev Rai Committee which has suggested total privatisation of the railways. This is profound wrong. Such a recommendation is against the railway employees,”he said.
According to Daljit, new pension scheme should be cancelled and the old scheme should be implemented.
The protesters also sought the renovation of the railway quarters and timely disbursement of pension to the retirees.
Other leaders who addressed the gathering included Ghanshyam Singh, Amar Singh, Surjit Singh, Kulwinder Singh, Parmood Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Mohinder Pal.