The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) fully supports the one-day strike observed today by the employees and workers of the Department of Telecom Services. The strike was called by the concerned federations to protest against the decision to corporatise and privatise the telecom services for which the disinvestment of the MTNL and the Department of Telecom Services is taking place.
The corporatisation of the department would be a step towards outright privatisation which will burden the customers with higher costs and threaten the jobs and conditions of service of the employees.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) calls upon the government of India to desist from going ahead with corporatisation.