As part of the development plans of Tamil Nadu, the Salem Steel Plant (SSP) was established under the public sector. It has been running successfully for decades. SSP was brought under the state after a concerted effort by many visionaries including the Left leaders P Ramamurthy, KTK Thangamani and M Kalyanasundaram. It has secured many workers' livelihoods. Even during this pandemic, the SSP went into the production of medical oxygen very quickly. But now, the Modi-led BJP government is trying hard to privatize this plant. NewsClick presents the concerns of the employees and union members by revisiting the historical context of the plant's establishment.