Power sector employees including engineers will boycott work on December 8 to protest against the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014. National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees & Engineers (NCCOEEE) in its meeting held in New Delhi has decided to observe one day strike/ work boycott on 8th December against the amendments in electricity act 2003.
The Electricity Amendment Bill 2014 is scheduled to be placed in the winter session of Parliament and Government wantsto pass the bill. The bill could not be placed in last session due to total imbroglio in the Parliament.
NCCOEEE had earlier called for strike on the day it would be presented in Parliament for discussion and has now decided for work boycott call in power sector utilities on December 8 this year.
All State Constituents will hold state conventions in next six weeks to prepare for massive mobilization for grand success of one day work boycott.
Spokesperson of All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF), VK Gupta said that the amendments in electricity bill are not based upon ground realities but are meant only to watch the interest of private players. The amendments in electricity bill which seeks to segregate the power distribution network from electricity supply business is basically anti people and does not look at root cause of power sector ailments but only treat the symptoms of problems.
By separating carriage and content in the power distribution sector, the electricity bill, in one stroke make all the power utilities in public sector totally financially unviable. If bill is passed in Parliament the tariff would increase by the addition of middle man or supply licensees and the financially bankrupt power distribution companies.
Discoms would be left only to cater to subsidized consumers and people living below poverty line. It may be mentioned that service providers will use the already laid out distribution network of state Discoms without any investment or any responsibility to maintain the network.