Rakesh Tikait keeps agitation going in some way or the other
After no role left in farmers’ protest, the alleged leader Rakesh Tikait has now turned into an economist. He is in no mood to end the agitation, instead wishes to keep it going in some way or the other. He may initiate a new movement against the privatization of public sector banks of which he gave a hint in a tweet. He also claimed that ‘there is a need for a common movement across the country against privatization.’
Rakesh Tikait on Saturday gave a hint that his next move could be launching a movement against the privatization of public sector banks. The farmer leader today said that a bill regarding this is set to be tabled in the Parliament on December 6 during the winter session.
His tweet in Hindi says, “हमने आंदोलन की शुरुआत में आगाह किया था कि अगला नंबर बैंकों का होगा। नतीजा देखिए, 6 दिसंबर को संसद में सरकारी बैंकों के निजीकरण का बिल पेश होने जा रहा है। निजीकरण के खिलाफ देशभर में साझा आंदोलन की जरूरत है।” (We had warned at the beginning of the movement that the next would be of banks. See the result, on December 6, the bill for privatization of public sector banks is going to be presented in the Parliament. There is a need for a common movement across the country against privatization).
हमने आंदोलन की शुरुआत में आगाह किया था कि अगला नंबर बैंकों का होगा। नतीजा देखिए, 6 दिसंबर को संसद में सरकारी बैंकों के निजीकरण का बिल पेश होने जा रहा है। निजीकरण के खिलाफ देशभर में साझा आंदोलन की जरूरत है । #StopPrivatization
— Rakesh Tikait (@RakeshTikaitBKU) December 4, 2021
While an official announcement is awaited, government think-tank NITI Aayog has shortlisted the Central Bank of India and Indian Overseas Bank for disinvestment.
The Banking Law Amendment Bill 2021 will be tabled seeking appropriate changes to the Banking Companies Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings Act, 1970 and 1980, and amendments to the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
The Ministry of Finance is scheduled to introduce a Bill in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament to make the required changes in the laws for the privatization of banks.
Meanwhile, Tikait announced that the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) had finalized a 5 member committee to make all decisions regarding the future course of the farmers’ protest. Members of the 5-member committee include farmer leaders Ashok Dhawale, Gurnam Singh Chaduni, Shiv Kumar Kaka, Yudhvir Singh, and Balbir Singh Rawal.
According to SKM, several issues such as a law on MSP, the Electricity Amendment Bill, and the Lakhimpur Kheri case needed to be resolved for the year-long protest to be called off.
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