Kodiyeri slams centre over corporatization amid pandemic outbreak
Thiruvananthapuram: CPM State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan raised a sharp criticism against the central government for strengthening their corporatization policy in the national level amid the COVID-19 outbreak. He was addressing a press meet here on Sunday.
He slammed the centre which aims to open doors of all sectors in the country to multinational corporate companies and businessmen.
The central government has adopted a policy to hand over even the mineral resources to private firms. Administration of airports and railway stations will be undertaken by the private sector soon, said the CPM leader.
“In the background of COVID-19 outbreak, the central government is actively engaged in corporatization. As part of this, the centre has issued an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 draft. If it is implemented, there will be no need to seek environmental clearance for constructions and will lead to serious environmental consequences,” said Kodiyeri.
"At the same time, the central government has revoked the rule which demanded permission from ST panchayats mandatory for implementing any projects in regions occupied by the Adivasi community. The government’s order permitting constructions in forest regions without any environmental study will harm the environment. The central government should revise this order. CPM state committee would like to recommend the state government to intervene in this matter and inform Kerala’s opinion to the centre,” he added.