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Government shouldn't privatise Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

Raut raised the issue during the Zero Hour period in Rajya Sabha saying that privatising JNPT will be a huge of national property

Government shouldn't privatise Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut
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Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Thursday opposed the proposal to privatise Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) saying that giving the port to private players will be a huge loss of national property. He said that the JNPT provides employment to a large number of people and privatising it would lead to retrenchments. 

Raut was speaking on the day four of monsoon session of Parliament. He raised the issue during the Zero Hour period in Rajya Sabha. He had submitted a Zero Hours notice yesterday over the proposed privatisation of JNPT, and concerns over national security.  

The Shiv Sena MP pointed out that the economic condition of the country is serious and the situation is such that the GDP, as well as the RBI, are “bankrupt”. He said that the country is witnessing coronavirus pandemic and it has seen demonetisation earlier. 

Amid this, the central government has decided to put the Railways, LIC, and Air India on sale at auction. Moreover, JNPT has also been put on the block which would be a huge loss of national property, Raut said. 

“I think that the government should not privatise JNPT. With its privatisation, about 7,000 acres of valuable land would also go to the private players. On top of that, there would retrenchments and job loss if the JNPT is privatised,” he said. 

Earlier, Raut had taken a dig at ‘some Rajya Sabha MPs’ who he said that criticised the COVID-19 handling of Maharashtra government. He said that many people in Maharashtra are recovering and the efforts of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to tackle COVID-19 situation in Dharavi were lauded by the WHO. 

The number of rising coronavirus cases in Maharashtra are concerning and it has been one of the worst-hit states in India from the inception of the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also raised concerns over the same saying that maximum cases were being reported from Maharashtra. 

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