People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 09, 2006
Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following
statement on April 4, 2006.
UPA government has today gone ahead with the privatisation of the Delhi and
Mumbai airports by signing the shareholders agreement and OMDA document between
the Airports Authority of India and the private companies consortia to allow
them the right to operate, maintain, finance and manage the airports.
Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly disapproves this action as this is in gross
violation of the Common Minimum Programme. The CMP explicitly states that
“Generally profit making companies will not be privatised” and “all
privatisation will be considered on a transparent and consultative case-by ---
a mockery of transparency, the signing of the agreements have taken place at a
point of time, when charges of irregularity are still under judicial scrutiny.
Further, the act of signing the documents is also a violation of the commitment
of the government given to the employees of the AAI that all issues including
modernization of airports will be discussed in a government-AAI-employees
tripartite committee. This act of the government ahead of such discussion in the
tripartite committee is a clear breach of that agreement.
government alone will be held responsible for the consequences of the course
that it has adopted. (INN)