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IL&FS crisis may sound death knell for PPP

The default crisis that has struck IL&FS (largest Indian shadow banks), flagbearer of the public-private partnership (PPP) programme, may be the last straw for this once-promising avenue of infrastructureNSE -3.24 % development, experts and executives said, adding that the government will have to take over that role once more. The private sector’s enthusiasm for investment in infrastructure has in any case been waning for some time now, they said.

Haryana Roadways Employees On Strike Against Privatisation Of Transport System

Haryana Roadways employees went on a two-day strike to protest the state government's decision to introduce 700 private buses in the state. “Despite the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) being in force, the roadways workers went on strike and staged sit-ins at several depots across the state, including in Rohtak, Sirsa, Hisar, Ambala and Chandigarh, under the banner of Haryana Roadways Karamchari Joint Action Committee.” Haryana Roadways Workers Union general secretary Sarbat Singh Punia said “We want the Haryana government to withdraw its decision of introducing private buses in the state. (…) Despite the government’s move to crush our strike by imposing the ESMA, ordering suspension of many workers and rounding up 176 of our workers and leaders, over 4,000 buses remained off roads.”

Conservancy workers protest against privatization

Conservancy workers have staged a march against the privatization of Chennai conservancy operations. “Many women conservancy workers have been injured at work while sweeping arterial roads such as Sardar Patel Road. The compensation for such workers have also not been provided by the private conservancy operator, the protesters charged. Some workers who have lost their life because of road traffic accidents caused during sweeping work at night have also not received compensation. ‘Privatization may be good for the corporation as the civic body may save money. But many workers are losing their lives and livelihood. They do not have a voice,’ said a worker.”

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