National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) has sought an immediate meeting with Union Power Minister, Piyush Goyal Power to discuss points of grievances.
A.B. Bardhan convener of NCCOEEE has written a letter to Piyush Goyal reminding him that he agreed to major points of grievances at a discussion held on November 6 at Kochi.
It was informed by the minister that major changes in the electricity (amendment ) bill be incorporated in the proposed bill before the onset of winter session of the Parliament and the matter will be discussed at length in New Delhi.
The letter cautions that in case no solution to the power sector employees grievances is found the path of agitation culminating in December 8 strike will continue.
NCCOEEE will hold its next emergency meeting on December 1 at New Delhi to finalize the strategy for success of one day strike/ work boycott and future course of action.
Meanwhile PSPCL employees and engineers condemned the Electricity (amendment) bill 2014 and decided to boycott work on December 8.
A joint meeting of PSEB Engineers Association, JE Council Technical Services Union, Employees Federation and 7 other employees unions of PSPCL/PSTCL was held at Patiala and decided to boycott work on December 8 on a call given by National Co-ordination committee of electricity employees and engineers. The employees have called upon Punjab Government to clear its stand on the amendments in the bill especially regarding introduction of supply licensees.
Baldev Singh, President of PSEB Engineers Association said that the finances of state Discoms would be adversely hit by the proposed move to introduce supply licensees and this would cause the already sick Discoms to go further bankrupt. The move would lead to increase in tariff for domestic and agriculture consumers.
Sukhdev Singh Patron JE Council said while government of India has admitted the financial crisis and sickness of state Discoms but with the introduction of private supply licensees the financial position would further deteriorate and go out of control.
The participants called upon the Punjab Government to oppose the amendments in bill as has been case with Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The electricity is a concurrent subject and the state must not be dictated by the Centre.