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Haryana power engineers to protest on August 8 against Electricity bill

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | August 07, 2022 06:33 PM

CHANDIGARH: Power engineers will hold protest meeting tomorrow at all the circle headquarters against the Electricity Amendment Bill 2022.Haryana Power Engineers Assiciation has written to R K Singh Union Power Minister and power utilities management regarding their agitation against the unilateral attempt to get the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 passed in Parliament.

K K Malik General Secretry of the Association said that the Bill 2022 should be referred to Parliament's
standing committee on energy for detailed discussion with all the stakeholders, in case it is tabled in Parliament. V K Gupta a spokesperson of the All India Power Engineers Federation said that as per legislative business of August 8, RK Singh, Union Power Minister will move a bill to amend the Electricity Act 2003.

Power engineers and employees from all over the Haryana will stop the work immediately and will lead to a massive protest on August 8 in case the Electricity Amendment Bill 2022 is tabled in Parliament.

The power employees' protest will continue the protest on August 10 at all the circle offices of Haryana.
Rampal President of Association said that last year, the Central Government had promised through a written letter to the United Kisan Morcha that the Electricity (Amendment) Bill would not be introduced in
the Parliament without consultation with all the stakeholders, including farmers. Now if the central government has taken the unilateral decision to present and pass it in the Parliament, then it is a clear
violation of the written promise given to the United Kisan Morcha.

V K Gupta said that the central government wanted to give an opportunity to private companies to
earn profit by using the network of public sector electricity distribution companies in the name of competition. The consumer wants a cheap and reliable power supply and not the competition.

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