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Power Engineers and employees oppose Electricity bill 2014, Parliament march on April 3

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Electricity ActNational Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers has planned a massive Parliament march at Delhi on April 3 against Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014.

National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) in its north eastern  regional convention of  held today at Cotton College Hall Guwahati urged the government of India to stop unilateral enactment of proposed Electricity (Amendment ) bill 2014 without prior discussion with engineers and employees.



The convention was addressed by Shailendra Dubey Chairman AIPEF, G K Vaishnav AIFOPDE (power diploma), Prashant Chaudhary EEFI (CITU), Mohan Sharma AIFEE (AITUC), Prashant Chaturvedi, and Secretary General EIPEF Bikramaditya Das President Assam Power Engineers Association

 Convention passed resolution that rallies will be held in all the states in the country on March 14 followed by a massive rally at New Delhi on April 3 during the budget session of the Parliament to oppose Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014.

The convention opposed the Electricity (amendment) Bill 2014   as it is a further step towards reduction of the state’s role to a mere enabler of private profit. In effect, the Bill seeks to privatise the profits while nationalising the losses while Government of India  continue to draw  rosy picture of improvement of efficiency, extension of competition and reduction of cost of supply of electricity with private participation in the electricity Industry.

The Bill is curbing the right to electricity of poor people. While the interests of the large-scale profitable consumers will be taken care of, the small-time consumers and the poor will be left in the lurch.

The state-owned distribution companies have already borne losses over Rs 3.8 lakh crore, because they have no control over the cost of generation. Much of private generation takes place with the help of bank loans and private owners have been creating profits with various types of shenanigans. The ultimate losers are the government and the consumers in this game. This Bill would further deepen the financial crisis. Besides creating problems for the power sector, the stressed assets are threatening the health of banks and financial Institutions like the Power Finance Corporation and Rural Electrification Corporation.

 

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