GUWAHATI, Oct 28 - The Forum Against Citizenship Amendment Bill has urged the staff and officials of the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) to take legal recourse against the government�s bid to privatise the refinery through the proposed disinvestment of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) � the largest shareholder of the NRL.
The forum, which has been vocal against the Union government�s decision to introduce the CAB, has also been raising a number of other issues concerning the State.
The forum mentioned that the proposed plan to put NRL in private hands defies any logic as it is not a loss-making entity. �The refinery was set up as a result of a prolonged historic movement in Assam. It�s not just a source of employment for a number of Assamese youth, but it has also been fetching revenue for the government, apart from contributing to the economic development of Assam,� members of the organisation stated.
At present, the BPCL owns 61.65 per cent share in the refinery, the State government has 12.35 per cent stake, while the Oil India Limited holds a share of 26 per cent.
A number of organisations have been raising their voice against the privatisation bid. The refinery employees� union has sought intervention of the Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in this matter.
�The staff and officials of the refinery should take legal action in this matter to maintain status quo. Meanwhile, a strong public opinion must be mobilised against the attempt to privatise an entity that has a lot of sentimental value attached to it,� the anti-CAB body stated. The forum criticised the public organisations which remained content just by raising slogans against Assam�s oilfield bidding, saying mere sloganeering was not going to help in the matter unless this proposal is challenged in the court of law.