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AIPEF urges MPs to oppose electricity( amendment ) bill 2020

VINOD GUPTA | September 14, 2020 10:57 AM

CHANDIGARH:All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has urged all the members of parliament to oppose the electricity (amendment ) bill 2020 that has anti-people draconian provisions and aims at total privatisation of the Power Sector.
AIPEF has written letters on Saturday to all the members of parliament that the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 is expected to be introduced in
parliament during the coming monsoon session.
V K Gupta a spokesperson of AIPEF said that it has been mentioned in the letter that a number of states have already raised serious objections on the number of issues in the bill that have not been addressed in the Draft Bill. Under such circumstances, they should raise serious reservations and objections on the bill as and when introduced in the parliament. Further, the bill should be got referred to the standing committee on energy
as was done at the time of bill 2014.
Electricity is a concurrent subject whereas the Amendment Bill is an attempt of the centre to impose its will on the states without their concurrence. The Bill proposes to eliminate subsidy in tariff and introduce a new tariff based on the cost of electricity. This would make the tariff of domestic and agricultural consumers to become unaffordable. The Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of power, the subsidy would adversely impact the farmers.
Centre wants to dictate the electricity tariff by making the state electricity
regulatory commissions (SERC) subservient to tariff policy that would be determined by the centre.
The centre intends to introduce privatization of electricity distribution functions by introducing Distribution Sublicensees and
franchisees to distribute power without a license.
The private parties would take over the high revenue and profitable areas which would further financially impact the State Discoms.
In view of the comments received from various states, some proposals with regard to a single selection committee for the SERC and DBT needs to be modified. The revised draft should be circulated in the public domain for getting the comments from all the stakeholders, said Gupta

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