The Porata committee will hold a total blockade of all seven gates of the plant and will lay siege to the administrative building from 8 am on Thursday.
Tata Steel CEO’s statement that the company is interested in acquiring RINL, drew sharp criticism from the Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee, which is spearheading the agitation.
Despite the inclement weather, the steel plant workers started gathering even before 8 am and joined the porata committee leaders who staged a sit-in.
Leaders demand that loans be converted to equity, allocation of captive iron ore mines to VSP
The panel members said the steel plant came to the rescue of people when they faced shortage of oxygen during the ongoing pandemic.
Leaders of Visakhapatnam steel plant workers unions on Thursday called upon employees to make the proposed one-day strike on June 29 a success.
Speaking at the relay hunger strike, which was launched by all-party trade unions, Rao said the steel plant was providing direct and indirect employment to 40,000 people.
Telangana Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao will also visit the camp of the relay hunger strike by the steel plant employees at Kurmannapalem on Friday.
Addressing the RINL senior officers in a virtual meeting, the CMD highlighted the stupendous performance achieved by VSP in all areas of operations.
Addressing the rally, Lakshmi Narayana said Visakhapatnam Steel Plant was the heart beat of the people of Andhra Pradesh and it was not correct to privatise the plant.
Earlier, Srinivasa Rao had sent his resignation letter to the Speaker in protest against the Centre’s decision to privatise the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.
State govt, Oppn TDP extend support to agitation; RTC to cancel services till noon
The YSRC MP urged the Finance Minister to initiate necessary steps to help the steel plant come out of crisis.
Meanwhile, addressing another meeting former CBI joint director VV Lakhminarayana said if the steel plant is privatised then SCs and STs will lose reservation.