WFTU international energy zonal convenor Sri. Deb Roy opined that present privatisation policies did not help the Government to achieve the targets in power sector. He was delivering a paper in the seminar on 'Two decades of neo liberal policies and power sector expriences' in connection with 17th state conference of KSEB Officers' Association at Kollam.
Protests against these policies should be made more aggressive, he said. Even after promoting the privatisation in Generation sector, Targets were never achieved after 8th five year plan.
Now, the government is blaming the distribution sector for the losses incurred by the powr sector and tries to push the power tariff by utilising the regulatory frameworks setup under Electricity Act,2003. Electricity Appellete tribunal's direction to SERCs to revise power tariff on annual basis suo moto is for helping the private discoms to generate more profits.
Centre is now trying to revise UMPP bid norms to protect the interests of private corporates and not the common man. Even though there is no scope for tariff hike UMPPs based on tariff based bidding, Govt. tries to increase the profits of private generators instead of re-bidding the projects.
Govt. is trying to hand over coal and hydro carbon sectors to private companies.
Former finance Minister Dr. Thomas Issac, MLA inaugurated the seminar. Former KSEB member Sri. K Asokan moderated the seminar. Electricity Employees federation of India President Sri. KO Habeeb and KSEB Officers Association General secretary Sri. B Pradeep also presented the papers. KSEBOA president Sr. KA Sivadasan delivered the welcome speach and KSEBOA secretary Sri. MG Suresh Kumar delivered vote of Thanks.