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Bengal govt seeks revival of Central PSU

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

The state government will send a letter to the Centre to urge for the revival of the Central PSU, under ministry of Railways, Burn Standard. Ruling party and Opposition both agreed over this matter on Tuesday and a discussion was held on this issue in the Assembly.

Even BJP state president and MLA Dilip Ghosh said that he agreed to support the state government over this proposed matter but state has to urge the Centre for a discussion over the revival of PSU instead of politicising this issue.

Earlier the Congress and the Left Front demanded for a discussion of revival of the matter of Burn Standard along with other Public Sector Units (PSUs) and allied industries in the state. Later the state government agreed to discuss this matter.

Before beginning the discussion on Burn Standard, state Parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee held a discussion with Mr Ghosh whether to support the state government over this issue as the state government wanted to send a letter to the Centre regarding this.

Mr Ghosh later said that if the state politicises the matter, the BJP MLAs will not support it but for the sake of industrialisation and revival of the sick industries the party always supports positive initiative.

“The Congress government in the Centre always considered vote bank politics as their prime target instead of the initiating development for the country. So it opened large number of the factories instead considering the matter of their revival,” he said.

Mr Ghosh also said, the ruling party is alleging that the Centre is depriving and doing injustice to the state but the actual fact is that the Congress had been looting the country for the past 60 years and the Left Front had been doing the same with the state for the past 34 years which portrays the poor condition of the PSUs in West Bengal.

The company has a current outstanding debt of nearly Rs 2.85 billion, which is also an iconic figure in the public sector enterprise.

The company is facing the insolvency resolution process in the Kolkata bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

The Opposition and the ruling party both demanded that the Centre should allot railways wagon manufacturing job to the Burn Standard. “The state government must speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding this issue for the benefit of the state,” said Mr Ghosh.

State Parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said that the Centre is disinvesting and privatising several profitable PSUs which is a matter of immediate concern for the country.

“Several profitable maharatna miniratna companies are being privatised. This is not pro-people stance as only some private companies will get the benefit,” said Mr Chatterjee.