Suggesting that the nation would deteriorate if education, health, water supply and power sectors were privatised, noted Kannada writer and Jnanpith awardee Dr U R Ananthamurthy said the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) should not be privatised. He was speaking at the 121st birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, organised by BWSSB SC/ST Employees’ Association on Thursday.
The writer lamented that as education was privatised, many children were not getting what they needed. “Ambedkar should not be addressed as a dalit leader. He was a national leader,” Ananthmurthy said.
“Due to privatisation, chances of people getting exploited are more,” said BWSSB Chairman Gaurav Gupta.
He added there were many public sector undertakings which have faired well including the BWWSB.