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CPM against govt's move to privatise drinking water scheme

CPM against govts move to privatise drinking water scheme

Thiruvananthapuram: Opposing the move of Congress-led UDF government to 'privatise' drinking water supply, CPM Saturday said it would only result in steep hike in water tariff.

The government's recent order which proposes to form a company for drinking water supply with 51 per cent equity for private parties would not be allowed to be implemented in the state, CPM State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters here.

The company formation would only serve the interests of private firms and result in steep hike in water tariff thus making it inaccessible to the common people, he said.

He said the government was blindly following the Centre's liberalisation policy which was for doing away with all kinds of subsidies.

The previous LDF government had extended all support to the Kerala Water Authority which was in a debt trap when it came to power in 2006. However, the LDF government took up the Rs 1,600 crore debt burden of KWA and stood as guarantor for a NABARD loan of Rs 750 crore to the Authority, he said.

The present government's move to privatise the sector would push the common people into misery. The CPM would launch an agitation to nip it in the bud, he said.

Vijayan said the CPI-M would hold area-level 'padayatras' from May 9 to 16 against the anti-people policies of the central and state governments. Taluk offices would be picketed from May 20 to 25 as part of the nation-wide agitation of the party against price rise and corruption.

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