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India federal budget pushes private insurance in health

Every year, around 55 million Indians are pushed into poverty due to catastrophic healthcare expenditures. And this is only one of the symptoms of a broken system that is also entrenched in ethical issues over inappropriate treatment in private facilities, overcrowded and underfunded public facilities and deteriorating work conditions.

Source: PSI

"The vulnerability to privatisation has increased"

Hindu Business Line reports that the although NDA government was unsuccessful in privatising a state-run firm, they “have sowed the seeds for a relatively trouble-free sale later on with the help of strategic divestment involving public sector undertaking (PSU) to PSU deals. (…) With its new owner not a PSU in the strict sense of the word, DCI has also lost its PSU and mini ratna status. This is not the case, though, with the other deals because ONGC, NBCC and PFC are owned by the government and hence HPCL, HSCC and REC will continue to be subjected to DPE norms. Yet, their vulnerability to privatisation has increased, government sources added.”

Source: @businessline

Private schools fail to upload balance sheet on websites

Chandigarh private schools “continue to flout the norms of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institution Act, 2016, by not disclosing ‘obligatory information’ on their official websites, the Education Department remains a mute spectator to violations.” Chandigarh Parents’ Association president Nitin Goyal said “profiteering is clearly barred by the Supreme Court in all educational institutions. It has been stated that education is not a business, but an occupation. Due to this, the Chandigarh Administration allotted plots only to charitable trusts for opening schools.”

Source: Tribuneindia News Service

‘Audit government's funds for hiring contract employees through outsourcing agencies’

Palwal MLA Karan Dalal demands an audit “of the Haryana government’s funds meant for recruitment and engagement of contractual employees through outsourcing agencies.” Dalal said “the practice of hiring employees through outsourcing agencies has reached an all time high in the incumbent government’s tenure. Tenders floated by government departments for empaneling outsourcing agencies are illegally and wrongly awarded to the near and dear ones of high functionaries of BJP and RSS, without following mandatory e-tendering procedures.”

Source: The Indian Express

Employees are threatening to strike over a proposal to privatise the power area boards

Employees of the Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) are threatening to strike over a proposal to privatise the power area boards in Ranchi and Jamshedpur. “JBVNL staff, under the banner of the Jharkhand State Bijli Kamgar Union (JSBKU), took out a massive procession in front of JBVNL's Dhanbad area board office, protesting against the proposal of the Board of Directors' committee. Union leaders also sent a memorandum to chief minister Raghubar Das through the area board general manager in this regard. If the government endorses the proposal, all 5,000 permanent employees of the JBVNL would go on a strike, warned the union leaders. They questioned the rationale behind the proposal to engage private hands in the two top revenue-earning power area boards.” [Hindustan Times, 7 March 2019]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

Trade Unions is opposing the central government’s move to privatise LGBI Airport

The Joint Council of Trade Unions (JCTU), Assam, is opposing the central government’s move to privatise LGBI Airport. “Privatisation of the airport is a pre-poll gift to the capitalists by the BJP-led Central government. The LGBI Airport has developed a lot in the past ten years by spending its own fund and now the profit will go to the pocket of capitalists. It is against the interest of the nation,” the JCTU says.

Source: www.assamtribune.com

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded an inquiry into how the airports privatisation deal was completed

In Kerala, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded an inquiry into how the airports privatisation deal was completed. “Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had also raised doubts about the transparency of the allotment process. ‘One business group winning all five bids is quite unusual,’ he had said. ‘It casts doubts on the bidding process itself. Was it [bidding] a drama to hand over the rights to Adani who is closer to [the] prime minister? Adani might be knowing Modi well, but he has no experience in running airports.’” The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation has moved in the High Court to challenge the tender process.

Source: Scroll.in

A network of trade unions and social activists, has released a People's Manifesto

The Jagnyachya Hakkache Aandolan (JHA), a network of trade unions and social activists, has released a People's Manifesto and asked opposition parties to include their positions in their platforms. “The issues in this manifesto include curtailing widespread privatisation, giving remunerative rates to farmers for their produce, increasing the minimum wages of workers, thrust on public transport, health and education.” [Hindustan Times, 7 March 2019]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

Privatisation of the airports is stirring controversy and legal action bid

A clean sweep by the Adani Group in the privatisation of all six airports on offer by the government is stirring controversy and legal action. “Under the contracts, the company will operate and develop airports in smaller ‘non-metro’ cities across the country in a 50-year public-private partnership with the Airports Authority of India.” Experts “have been particularly critical of the high bids that Adani Group submitted” for the mostly debt-financed deal. “The company offered to pay 177 rupees per passenger for the most lucrative Ahmedabad contract, compared to GMR Group's 85 rupee bid.”

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

Infighting has broken out over plans to lease the newly constructed Bhosari hospital building

Infighting has broken out in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over plans to lease the newly constructed Bhosari hospital building to a private contractor for 30 years. “A week ago, the civic general body (GB) had approved the resolution amid chaos where Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) opposed the move fearing that the common people would not get affordable medical care at the facility after privatization.” BJP corporator Ravi Landge “said he has received written assurance from the civic administration that the proposal for privatizing the hospital will come up again for approval at the GB meeting to be held after three months. ‘The matter will now be discussed then,’ he said.” [The Times of India, 2 March 2019]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

Proposals to privatise the management of Hyderabad’s Outer Ring Road have been shelved

Proposals to privatise the management of Hyderabad’s Outer Ring Road (ORR) have been shelved. “The idea was to take leverage of the pension funds from abroad, as the return of investment is much better here than in countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia, and investors would, for this very reason, be keen on funding the infrastructure projects of the developing country. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority would have been the first urban development authority in the country to adopt this route, if the proposal had gone through. However, the proposal, castigated by many as it involved privatisation of ORR, has been lying with the government for over a year now. No decision has been taken as yet, the officials said.”

Source: The Hindu