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Lakhs of power sector workers and engineers to hold demonstrations on November 23

ASHOK KAURA | September 18, 2022 04:14 PM

CHANDIGARH : Power Engineers across the country will hold a massive demonstration in Delhi on 23rd November in protest against the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022.
All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) federal executive meeting was held today and decided at Srinagar that if the central government makes any unilateral effort to pass the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022, then all the electricity workers and engineers across the country will be
forced to go on strike

AIPEF has demanded the withdrawal of the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022
and all sorts of privatization in the Power Sector including privatization of profit earning power departments of Union Territories. .AIPEF demanded unification of different power companies into one utility in all the states, V K Gupta spokesperson AIPEF said on Sunday.

The AIPEF Federal Executive held its meeting at Srinagar today was presided by AIPEF Chairman
Shailendra Dubey. The delegates from states across the country participated in the meeting.Shailendra Dubey called upon the farmers, small consumers (including domestic), MSME units in particular and other consumers to join in the struggle to stop privatisation of the electricity supply industry.
Terming Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 as a vehicle for privatisation of power sector, it is basically anti-people and anti-employee. A massive public awareness campaign will be launched by mobilizing electricity employees and common electricity consumers through Electricity Revolution Yatras in all the states.

Padamjit SinghChief Patron said various models of restructuring have been experimented with over the last almost two decades and not even a single model has succeded. It is therefore time to re-examine the best and most optimal solution for the power sector.
Electricity Amendment Bill 2022 is being projected as a “choice of a service provider to electricity consumers”.This is irrelevant as the number of consumers who do not pay the “cost to serve” is very large.

Under the pretext of preserving the financial viability of Discoms, the only aim of the bill is to bring corporates and private companies into the power sector and privatise the whole power distribution system. Bill seeks to centralise almost all functions of the distribution companies as well as the state regulatory commissions and changes the character of the electricity supply industry, said V K Gupta

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