Bokaro: Several hundred executives of Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) switched off light of their homes demonstrating protest against the government decision over disinvestment of Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) here on Tuesday evening. The proposed disinvestment is being widely opposed by members of Bokaro Officers Steel Association (BOSA) after call given by associations Steel Executive Federation of India (SEFI) and National Confederation of Officer’s Association (NCOA).
BSL officers expressed grave concern on the disinvestment issue. “This is our symbolic protest against disinvestment and privatisation of Steel PSUs. Government has announced ‘disinvestment of non-core sectors PSUs’ which is not acceptable at all,” said A K Singh, president, BSOA. There are 1900 executives working in BSL. The majority of them kept switched off the light in their homes from 7 pm to 7.15 pm. Their family members also participated in the protest.
BSL is a unit of Steel Authourity of India Limited (SAIL). Executives in PSU’s are feared about their future believing that government would privatise SAIL in the future as what it has done with VIZAC steel. Singh said they will keep opposing until government realise the sentiments of PSU’s employees. Fighting against all odds of the prevailing pandemic, BSL executives have shown exemplary courage to achieve the targets of the company. At least government should honour this.