Power sector employees and engineers from across the country will strike work on December 8 at New Delhi against the Electricity(amendment) bill 2014.
This was stated by Shailender Dubey Chairman, All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) who was addressing the state level convention of All Haryana Power Corporation workers union at Rohtak on Sunday. The convention was presided over by Devinder Singh Hooda President of workers union.
Dubey alleged that the Government is trying its best to get passed the Electricity (Amendment ) bill in the present form despite the opposition of 18 states. In case the bill is passed in the winter session the power will be out of reach of poor and super rich industrialists will rule the power sector threatening the economic sovereignty of the country.
Subhash Lamba Secretary of Electricity Employees Federation of India said that after the implementation of Electricity bill 2003 the financial losses of power distribution companies has increased from 26000 crore to 3.5 lakh crore due to outsourcing and privatisation policies adopted by various state governments. He said that the country is generating 1.76 lakh megawatts despite against available capacity of 2.76 lakh megawatts.
Lamba further said, once the amendment bill is passed there will be competition amongst private companies to increase their profits leading to higher power rates. Further when electricity bill 2003 was passed it was assured that all the consumers of the country will get power connection by 2010 but even today there are 30 crore consumers without a power connection.
The other main speakers of various organizations who addressed the convention were AITUC General Secretary Bechugiri, R D Yadav Secretary Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Anup Singh General Secretary INTUC and Sher Singh President Kisan Sabha. All The speakers dealt in different menacing features of electricity (amendment ) bill and demanded withdrawal of bill in present form to protect the interest of consumers. Further this bill will pave the way to weaken the state sector power utilities.