The National Coordination Committee Of Electricity Employees & Engineers (NCCOEEE) has decided to observe one-day strike against Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 during the monsoon session of parliament. A Strike notice has been served by NCCOEEE Convener A B Bardhan to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of all States.
AIPEF Chairman Shailendra Dubey said this after returning from Delhi, where the decision of strike was taken.
He said here that NCCOEEE meeting was presided by veteran trade union leader A B Bardhan and was attended by President and General Secretary of All India Power Engineers Federation, All India Power Diploma Engineers Federation, Electricity Employees Federation Of India (CITU), All India Federation Of Electricity Employees (AITUC), Indian National Electricity Workers Federation (INTUC) and All India Power Mens Federation.
Mr Dubey said NCCOEE has termed the proposed bill as anti people and has decided to oppose it tooth and nail. He said it has been decided to strike work on the day Electricity (Amendment ) Bill 2014 is placed before parliament for discussion. About 12 lakh power employees and engineers are likely to participate in nationwide power strike. The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has endorsed the decision taken by National Co-ordination committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) regarding token strike on the scheduled day of placing the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 for discussion in Parliament, he added.
AIPEF also held its Federal Executive meeting yesterday to decide upon various activities against Electricity Bill (Amendment) 2014 and related issues.
The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was initiated in Parliament on December 19, 2014, with the purpose of further splitting of Electricity Distribution Sector into carriage and content to enable profit mongers to enter into supply business of urban and revenue potential area without any investment for development or expansion of the Power Industry.
The proposed Bill, if enacted will open the sector for cherry picking by the suppliers, pressing the poor and low end consumer to pay more for consumption of Electricity,Mr Dubey alleged.