National Federations of Electricity Employees and Engineers(NCCOEEE) would observe one-day nation-wide strike on December 8 to oppose the Government move to enact Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014, which it described as ''anti-people, one-sided and obstinate''.
Before the nation-wide strike, the power employees and engineers will hold a massive protest at Kochi during the power ministers conference on November 6-7, All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) chairman Shailendra Dubey, said in a statement today.
"NCCOEEE has decided that a protest demonstration by around thousand power sector employees and engineers will be organised at the venue of the Conference at Crown Plaza, Marad, Kochi, from 1100 hrs on November 6 against the Government's ''one-sided and obstinate'' decisions to curb the right to electricity of the poor people through enactment of Electricity (Amendment) Bill,2014," Mr Dubey said.
Simultaneously, thousands of their counterparts will organise massive demonstration in all the states, he said adding that state and district-level conventions and rallies were being organised by the NCCOEEE constituents to spread awareness about the worst-implication of the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014.
Mr Dubey alleged that while no heed was paid to the memorandum submitted by NCCOEEE to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy, the Government had accepted the points of business community to make the power sector as a platform of profit-earning, ignoring the vital issue of providing power to common people at affordable price.
He said that the government had even ignored the objections raised by 18 state governments, including Gujarat, to the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014.
Ironically, most of the states were facing huge power shortage and discoms were reporting to be in debt-trapped due to wrong energy policies of Government, even though the country had idle installed generating capacity to the tune of 1 Lakh MW, Mr Dubey stated.