NEW DELHI: The RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has demanded termination of contracts to Chinese manufacturers for Metro coaches in the wake of the ongoing border tussle between the two countries.
The SJM in a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday stated that the claim of “Make in India” is a farce since the Chinese resort to assemble the parts in place of manufacturing.
“Two recent announcements are worrying us, which include Chinese company SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd, the joint venture partner of General Motors, taking over its India manufacturing plant at Halol in Gujarat and state owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) – getting a go ahead to set up metro rolling stock manufacturing unit in Multi-Modal International Cargo Hub and Airport in Nagpur,” the SJM convenor Ashwani Mahajan has stated in a letter to the Prime Minister.
He has claimed that the Maharashtra government has already placed an order of 69 coaches worth Rs 851 crores followed by West Bengal ordering more than 100 coaches for their Kolkata plant. “This company will be enjoying a huge market in India at the cost of potential domestic coach building capacity.
The argument of local employment generation with the Chinese investments is farce. Globally, the experience is that Chinese don’t create local employment, but bring their own people and contractors,” said Mahajan, while adding that there is hardly any incident of technology transfer in the case of Chinese investments.
Mahajan further argued that China is adopting policy of opaqueness for its domestic market. “Not only it is not giving space to imports from India, but is also regularly creating troubles for the Indian investors. In last 10 years, China has not registered any drug from Indian manufacturer.
Moreover, it is keeping Indian IT companies at bay not only from the government projects, but also from the other Chinese companies,” added the SJM convenor.
The SJM leader also argued that China is regularly indulging in transgression, incursion and other provoking activities at our borders. “Till now, your government is giving them apt replies, but it would be futile if we don’t halt their economic onslaught. We see this, as a backdoor entry of China in our country’s manufacturing sector, which India can ill afford. SJM demands that these contracts should immediately be terminated, and government must ensure the viable alternative to the Chinese rolling stock manufacturer,” Mahajan has stated in the letter to the PM.