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NCCOEEE withdraws work boycott call of August 10

Vinod Gupta | August 09, 2021 04:54 PM

CHANDIGARH:National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) has decided to withdraw the call for work boycott on August 10 by the power sector engineers and employees as the draft Electricity (amendment ) Bill 2021 has not yet been cleared by the cabinet and is not likely to be placed in the current monsoon session of Parliament, said V K Gupta Spokesperson of All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF).

This decision was taken in an online meeting of the NCCOEEE on Monday. All the constituents of NCCOEEE participated in the meeting chaired by Chakradhar
Prasad Singh. it was also decided that in case the Electricity (Amendment ) Bill 2021 is tabled in this session, the power sector engineers and employees will go on a work boycott on the same day.
Power engineers and employees will hold a one-hour protest demonstration on Tuesday to decry government's atrocities on engineers and employees at New Delhi during four days satyagrah.'s

V K Gupta asserted that all the 11 non-BJP states and two Union Territories had opposed the Electricity (Amendment) Bill. Centre’s move to table the Electricity
(Amendment) Bill in Parliament, describing it as anti-people and the result of a unilateral decision by the central government.
Mamta Bannerji West Bengal Chief Minister in a recent letter to the Prime Minister has mentioned that “Such a laissez-faire approach would result in the concentration of private profit-focussed utility players in the lucrative urban-industrial segments, while poor and rural consumers would be left to be tended by public sector Discoms.
The dilution of the role of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission and the state distribution companies imply a political design to demolish state bodies
and domestic industries. Direct interference by the central government in activities involving distribution will not at all be helpful to take care of the
the interest of the common people and the states.
last week the Kerala Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging the center to withdraw the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill, 2021, saying it would facilitate free entry of private players into the sector and help vest its entire control with the union government.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday claimed the Centre’s Electricity (Amendment) Bill was not in the interest of the country, and states were not consulted on its provisions.
Gupta termed the Bill "anti-farmer" and "anti-domestic consumer", as it paves the a way for the privatization of the entire power sector in the countr

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