The Government has failed to modify the Electricity (amendment) Bill despite its claims that revised draft of bill has been circulated amongst states for concurrence.
The National Co-ordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) in a letter to Piyush Goyal, Minister in charge of Ministry of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy has sought to reopen the forum of discussion so that its suggestions can be taken into consideration.
The NCCOEEE has expressed deep concern that different states have not received any revised draft of electricity (amendment) other than the bill placed in Parliament on December 19 last year. Ministry of Power has issued press communications that revised bill of draft has been circulated amongst different states and the bill will be passed in winter session of the Parliament if accepted by the states.
The letter mentions that during meeting at Kochi in November last year and New Delhi in February with Power Minister and officials on various issues covered in the electricity (amendment) bill were discussed and impression was given that there is further scope of exchange of opinion before further steps are adopted on the part of government towards legislation process.
The NCCOEEE has expressed deep concern and anguish at the total non response of government to address the burning issues of the energy sector and have sought discussions on the Electricity (amendment) Bill for amicable settlement of the issues.
On 22nd July, NCCOEEE reviewed the situation and closely identified the differences between propositions of government behind drafting the amendments and its areas of concern. The letter states that Power Minister has noted NCCOEE's gesture to minimise the gaps.
NCCOEEE has decided to start public awareness campaign on the adverse implications of the bill upon the end consumers as its points relate to the interests of common electricity consumers.
The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has urged the Union Government to put on hold the Electricity Amendment Bill till the revised draft of the Bill is discussed in detail with all the State governments and other stake holders including power engineers and power workers and their concerns are addressed.
VK Gupta, a spokesperson of AIPEF, said that since electricity ia a concurrent subject the participation of states in finalizing the bill is most important and their concern should be addressed whereas even the revised electricity (amendment) bill has not been received by them.
The Union Minister of Power Minister, Piyush Goyal had assured earlier this year that Electricity (Amendment) Bill will be enabling provision and will not be mandatory for states to implement it.
Besides this, Power Minister had assured that states will have to give their road map in five years and their will not be any time limit for the states to implement the road map regarding segregation of carriage and content.