FDI In Civil Aviation Next On Left Agenda

New Delhi, Sept 28 | Updated: Sep 29 2004, 05:48am hrs
Participation of foreign airlines in Indian carriers and modernisation of Delhi and Mumbai airports by Airport Authority of India (AAI) will be among the issues the Left will take up during the upcoming meeting of the UPA-Left coordination committee meeting.

According to CPI leader D Raja, other issues that will be discussed include the situation in Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir, implementation of projects under the Common Minimum Programme, including food for work and employment guarantee scheme, and setting up a board for reconstruction of public sector units.

Mr Raja told FE that although the issue of foreign experts in the Planning Commission would be taken up at the meeting, it would not be one of the main issues for discussion.

The meeting is expected to be scheduled in the first week of October.

Meanwhile, at a press conference on Tuesday, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) leader Abani Roy said his party has asked the government to mobilise resources by recovering thousands of crores worth of non-performing assets (NPAs) and stem corruption to strengthen public sector units instead of taking the foreign direct investment (FDI) route.

We will ask the UPA government not to allow foreign airlines participation in Indian carriers, including private ones, he said.

The RSP leader said, The civil aviation ministry has announced that the AAI will undertake the modernisation of Kolkata and Chennai airports. Why cant it do the same for the airports in Delhi and Mumbai also

On a different note, Mr Roy also referred to a big scam involving embezzlement of hundreds of crores of rupees in the Dhanbad coal-belt and demanded a CBI inquiry into it. He said he had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on this issue.

Mr Roy was accompanied by Ramashray Singh, who said he had unearthed the scam involving a vicious nexus between the bureaucracy and the coal mafia that had cost the national exchequer hundreds of crores of rupees since the early 1980s.