All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) and Electricity workers and Employees Federation of India (EEFI) has extended its support to the strike by the coal workers from January 6 to 10 against Governments step towards denationalisation of coal mines in the name of restructuring.
The ongoing strike is going to affect the functioning of thermal plants where coal stock is critical especially in northern region. It is hoped that central government would respect the feelings of its employees and reconsider the issues related to privatisation policy.
Meanwhile Electricity workers and Employees Federation of India (EEFI) has hailed the heroic decision of coal workers of the country towards resorting to 5 days strike to raise their unified voice of protest. Anti-people and anti-worker attitude of Government of India compelled the united forum of Coal workers to be abstained from attending the meeting convened by ministry of Coal on 3rd January as a mark of protest.
EEFI has reiterated that Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha on 19th December is another similar step to curb the right to electricity of people of India making broad way for private capitalists in power sector towards super profit without investment.
The power engineers across the country strongly oppose the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014. The amendment to bill is anti public and the Federation will launch a nationwide campaign to stop approval of this bill.
The amendments in the bill advocate the segregation of power distribution and supply. The amendment introduced in the Lok Sabha is mainly meant for private players in power sector with mint money and power tariff is going to increase much to the discomfort of common man.
The power engineers will decide their course of action for opposing the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 in a meeting of the National Co-ordination Committee of Electricity employees and engineers to be held in New Delhi on January 25. The meeting will be attended by all the national leaders of NCCOEEE, AIPEF and other organisations.