Tangedco employees stage demonstration against privatisation

Thursday, 23 July 2015 19:01 Suresh Kumar MG

Tamil NaduIn protest against Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union government's move to implement Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014, employees of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) affiliated to various trade unions staged a demonstration here .

The protestors said that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 had prescribed 12 recommendations, which would seriously affect the public, traders, farmers and labourers if those suggestions were incorporated in the Bill. Without making any investments in infrastructure for transmission of power, private players would be able to control the entire power distribution system.

Free power given to farmers, weavers and the poor would be withdrawn, if the private players were allowed to enter power distribution system. Fixation of power tariff slab would vary from place to place, they said.

S. Karuppasamy of Anna Thozhir Sangam presided over the demonstration organised in front of the Office of Superintending Engineer in which trade union office-bearers R. Govindarajan, J. Kathirvelan, K.P.M. Durai spoke.

A similar demonstration was staged in front of office of the Superintending Engineer at Parvathipuram in Nagercoil.

The Tangedco was functioning profitably till 2003. Once the Central Electricity Regulatory Act came into existence, it started making losses and the posted a loss of over Rs. 1 lakh crore in 2015, said Raja, District Joint Secretary of Federation of Tangedco Workers' Union.

Allowing private companies to produce electricity was the reason, he said.

District secretary of Tangedco United Workers' Association Chandra Kumar and district secretary of Tangedco Engineers' Association Sundararajan spoke.

"Without making investments in infrastructure, private players will be able to control power distribution system"

Source- The Hindu