A meeting of representatives of various trade unions and associations of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) was held here to chalk out an action plan for participation in the one-day strike at the national level on December 8, 2015, against the proposed amendments in the Electricity Act.
The proposed amendments in the Act could not to be put up before Parliament in the Monsoon Session and are now being put up in the Winter Session.
The participants in the meeting included PSEB Engineers' Association, JE Council, Technical Services Union, Employees Federation PSEB, PSEB Employees Federation, Ministerial Services Union, Bijli Mulazim Front, Punjab Bijli Mazdoor Sangh, PSEB Workers Federation INTUC, Thermal Co¬ordination Committee and Head Office Employees Federation.
The meeting condemned the Bill, which introduces privatisation through supply licensees. It will target the high-end (creamy) consumers, particularly of 1 MW and above. With this move, finances of state discoms will be adversely hit and it will cause the already sick discoms to go further bankrupt.
The participants called the Punjab Government and PSPCL to oppose the amendments in the Bill as has been the case with Tamil Nadu and Kerala and to take firm stand that every state should be given freedom and the Government of India should not force the states to implement the amendments proposed in the Bill. As electricity is a concurrent subject, states have constitutional liberty to manage their power sector as they feel best without being dictated by the Centre.
The participating associations and unions agreed to meet again on December 1, 2015, so as to finalise the details of protest action on December 8. Meeting hoped that Punjab government and PSPCL will clarify their stand on the subject.