The privatisation process for energy distribution network has begun in Ujjain city. The company which will now undertake the function is Mumbai-based firm, Essel Power. There are several hurdles in the process, which include the changing of numerous faulty meters, the enactment of strict legislation to stop power theft and the managing of Madhya Pradesh Paschim Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Company (MPPKVVCL) staff, who are strictly opposing the privatisation of electricity board.
Reacting to administration decision of privatising the power supply in the city, an employee of the union said that the government wants to privatise electricity board with a view to provide better power supply. While their true purpose is to increase the revenue, while revenue from the city is already is in best possible forms, privatisation should not be done and the money instead, should be spent on strengthening the infrastructure of the electricity board in the city.
When asked, an employee of the union told, we are opposing the privatisation of board because it is contrary to the goal of providing regular electricity to all. Privatisation is like poison to the residents. Whichever is the private party the electricity board is handing over their work to, its primary objective is not to provide regular electricity to all our citizens, but to maximise its profit.
And what happened to in Saugor and Nagpur where Essel was given work of power distribution is known to everyone, both ruling and opposition parties have to come to road for correction of arbitrary bills slapped by the company on face of common public, he added.
Privatisation will lead to insecurity of livelihood for the employees. More and more of them will be employed on contract. Two employees will be forced to do the work of 10. We are opposed to the handing over of this institution, which has been built with public funds, to domestic and foreign companies. We are opposed to the government abdicating its responsibility of making electricity available to the people and shifting this basic responsibility into private hands.
Source- Free press Journal