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Divestment of Air India, BPCL not in national interest: Swadeshi Jagran Manch

The economic unit of RSS said the move to divest companies such as Air India, BSNL and BPCL was “opposed to national interest and prone to being misused by corrupt officials to benefit special business houses”.

, ET Bureau|
Dec 02, 2019, 06.41 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: After a three-day general executive meeting in Haridwar, the economic unit of RSS – Swadeshi Jagran Manch – has come out with a strong statement slamming the PSU disinvestment programme of the Modi government.

It said the move to divest companies such as Air India, BSNL and BPCL was “opposed to national interest and prone to being misused by corrupt officials to benefit special business houses”.

In October, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in his Vijayadashami speech had supported the Centre’s foreign direct investment (FDI) and disinvestment ideas and had said the government was compelled to take these steps.

SJM has also demanded that Niti Aayog’s report on public sector enterprises be rejected, and stressed on the “need to examine their evaluation keeping in mind the idea of doubling GDP in the next five years”.

On the sale of BPCL, SJM said Saudi Aramco was eyeing its assets. “This is not only unacceptable but also dangerous.

Property created with national sentiments and hard work should not be held in the possession of foreign oil companies. The purchase of BPCL will only be a number for them to increase their wealth. Strategic sales are becoming strategic purchases for multinationals,” the RSS affiliate said.

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