Airport officials of Udaipur have joined hundreds of Airport Authority of India on a three day relay hunger strike to protest against the Government move to privatise six airports in India.
Airport officials at Maharana Pratap Airport set up a tent outside the airport and joined the pan India AAI strike. The protest began today (Monday) and will end on Wednesday.
Union Cabinet had cleared a proposal for privatising airports at Ahmedabd, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, and Mangaluru under PPP mode.
AAEU General Secretary B S Ahlawat said that, “The relay hunger strike will not impact operations which will continue as we don’t want passengers to face any kind of inconvenience.”
In a release, the AAI employees union has said, “The policy of the government is not clear with regard to profit making industries and the Union is carrying out the Industrial Action due to media report of the proposal of PPP, the Union carrying out Industrial action as well as Mass Casual Leave 28.12.2018 Relay Hunger Strike on 10.12.2018 to 12.12.2018.”
The AAI press release added, “Public-private partnership (PPP) model causes denial of Job opportunities to the society coming under the purview of SC/ST/OBC group as reservation policies restricted only to Govt. sector. The government not allowing the AAI Board to function administratively to bring higher growth in order to meet the requirement of rural/urban Airports and frequently media printing RFQ/ PPP of Airports.”