The UP government heaved a sigh of relief as the power engineer and employees late on 28-05-2013 night called off their proposed indefinite strike from 29-05-2013. The embers of the Vidyut Karamchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti had given a call for the strike against the privatisation of power distribution in major cities. The strike was put off following a written assurance by the chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited, Sanjay Agarwal .
Convenor of Vidyut Karamchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti, Shailendra Dubey, told TOI late on Tuesday night: "The Uttar Pradesh government has given to us in writing that it has not taken any decision to privatise the power distribution in cities of Ghaziabad, Meerut, Kanpur and Varanasi. And reform measure will be taken only after taking the power employees into confidence."
At a high level meeting between UPPCL officials and the Vidyut Karmachari Sangharsh Samiti (Electricity Workers' Protest Group) it was decided that the power men would not proceed with the strike as the state government said it rolled back plans for privatisation.
This came as big relief to the beleaguered Akhilesh Yadav government, which has been facing public ire for poor power supply and erratic hours of rostering.
The power men were up in arms against the state government soon after it started the procedure to appoint consultants to advise it on the road map to private power in four cities - Meerut, Varanasi, Kanpur city and Ghaziabad.
The state government clarified that it would now not press on with privatisation of the power sector.
While the Akhilesh Yadav government had taken a tough stance on the matter earlier, declaring the strike call illegal, it was forced to cave in under relentless pressure.
State Principal Secretary (energy) and Chairman of UPPCL Sanjay Agarwal called a meeting late Tuesday night of power corporation officials and protesting power sector workers. Around midnight, the issue was resolved after Sanjay Agarwal offered a written undertaking that the sector would not be privatised. The workers then withdrew the strike call.
Source - PTI