Rajya Sabha

December 8, 2014

SS Roy speaks on The Textile Undertakings (Nationalisation) Laws (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2014 | Transcript

I will cross the time limit for two-three minutes, kindly excuse me, because the matter is very sensitive to me in view of the fact jo ki Anand ji aur dusre aadarniya sadasyo ne abhi uthaya yeh mudda. Yeh jo swadeshi ki bhavna, ‘Make in India’ aaj dohraya ja r aha hai yeh sadiyon purana hai.

110 saal pehle jab Anti Partition Movement, Bengal mein shuru hua, us samay teen cheej ubhar ke aye. Ek Vande Matarm ki slogan, ek Bonfire of Foreign Goods Boycott Movement aur teesra Swadeshi bhavna yahan tak pahucha ki scientist Dr P.C.Roy jaisa mahan insaan, unhone khud Bengal Chemicals banaya aur unhone Hindustan ki jagah jagah par yeh cotton mill banane lage.

Swadeshi quarter mill, Banga Laxmi cotton mill jo baad mein NTC ke ikhtiyar mein aagaya nationalization ke baad. Mein woh purana itihaas dauhrana nahi chahta hun par yaad zaroor dilana chahta hun. Abhi jo mere paas ek manual report hai 2013-14 ka regarding NTC and National Textile Corporation isse pata chalta hai ki 103 NTC mills band ho chuki hai aur 23 running hai.

Yeh alag ho sakta hai, Mantri ji batayenge kyunki humare paas jo annual report hai mein usi se ulekh kar raha hun. Closed mills kahan ke hai? Sabse zyada hai Maharashtra, Tamil nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Paschim Bengal, Gujarat, Bihar aur Odisha bhi. Yeh halat kaise ban gaya ki humare 103 mill bandh hogaye aur sirf 23 hi chalu raha.

Iska matlab ki sarkar kya dhyan is par thik nahi tha, rampant corruption and mismanagement and inefficiency to the infinity have led the mills to close down their shutters and what was the fate of the labourers? Sir, I am quoting from another report from the Government that is in reply to question to the Committee of Public Undertakings. In page one and two of the report the NTC Authority they admit the original Scheme envisages closure of 66 unviable mills and revival of 53 viable mills.

NTC has so far closed 75 mills as on 3 June, 2013 63,188 employees have gone under NBRS from 2002 onwards and have reduced the manpower from around 90,000 to 8214 employees jiksa matlab kariban 72,000 mazdoor unka kaam khatam hogaya, they are rendered jobless.

This is the situation, now why is this Bill required? In the objective, it has been stated very clearly that the NTC Authorities want to continue with the lease hold right. Why?

Now again I am quoting from the report of the Committee of Public Undertakings , page 35 point number three and four only,  Sir, with your kind permission. NTC plant started selling obsolete plant and machinery office mills slated to be closed under the revival Schemes approved by BIFR and also making way to sell the building debris and the surplus land. I am putting emphasis on surplus land because; now the situation is that everybody’s eye is on land. The land sharks are roaming around in the corridor of power every time to have access to Government land through a reprise.

This new Government has made new promises, I would appeal to the new Government that they should not play the role of bikau sarkar, hum sab bech denge, mines bech denge, national assets bech denge, PSUs bech denge. Bikau sarkar ka role nahi play karna chahiye agar aap Make in India ka aadar se aap udbuddh hai, anuprerit hai, toh aap dusra raasta dekhiye, dusre raah par chalne ki koshish kijiye.

Point number four by NTC thereafter that only such land will become eligible for sale, but most of the States did not give permission for sale of the NTC mills land; this is very important. This is the major reason why NTC could not make any major headway till sale of five major Mumbai mill lands and simultaneously surrendering two Mumbai mill lands to Maharashtra Government with the permission of Supreme Court in the year 2005.

Therefore, there was serious objection from various states against the sale of NTC lands. I have submitted four Amendments to this Bill. My only concern is that, whatever Government wants to do, I have nothing to say except this.

Even after an attempt on the part of the Government to revive the sick textile unit if the purpose has been frustrated it cannot go ahead with the manufacturing production of textile in the units in that event the land must go back to the states because after all it is the property of the State and Central Government cannot encroach upon the assets of the State Government it will be against the principles of our federal character.

This is why I have submitted four Amendments. I would appeal to the Hon’ble Minister to consider these Amendments and if an assurance comes from the Minister that this part that the interest of the states will be protected in the rules then certainly I will withdraw the Amendments. With these words I conclude, Sir. Thank you.