Power engineers to protest on February 3 against privatisation of discoms

Power Engineers across the country along with 1.5 million power employees on strike shall resort to  token work boycott and hold protest meetings on February  03.

Shivani Arora

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Published on 19 Jan 2021 8:33 AM GMT

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Power sector engineers would go for token work boycott across the country on February 3 to protest against the move to privatise distribution companies by the central government, the All India Power Engineers' Federation (AIPEF) said on Monday.

Power Engineers across the country along with 1.5 million power employees on strike shall resort to token work boycott and hold protest meetings on February 03, against privatization policies of Government of India, said Shailendra Dubey, Chairman of All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF).

Shailendra Dubey, Chairman AIPEF:

Shailendra Dubey, Chairman AIPEF in a letter to Prime Minister stated that Power Engineers and employees are grieved over the Central Government’s move towards the power sector privatization through Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 & Standard Bidding Document for total privatization of distribution of electricity. They are opposing conversion of public monopoly to private monopoly.

He said that the policy of privatization was slowly destroying the Public Sector across the country. While giving huge benefits to selected corporates. Privatization and targeted benefits to chosen corporates is the root cause of employees & engineers agitation. Also, he said AIPEF expresses solidarity to struggling organisations of peasants. In addition, whose one of the main demands is withdrawal of Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020.

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AIPEF:

AIPEF demanded the withdrawal process of privatization of electricity from the Public Sector to private companies in States and Union Territories. The other demands are scrapping of Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 & standard bidding document for total privatization of distribution of electricity and reintegrate all power utilities in States with function components of generation, transmission, and distribution like KSEB Ltd & HPSEB Ltd.

“Electricity (Amendment) Bill in its present form is not acceptable. Before going for more amendments in the electricity sector. The Government should constitute an expert committee to review the result of so-called reforms done in the last 25 years in the power sector. In addition, which has landed Discoms in a very alarming financial crisis,” the Federation said.

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Other main demands of power employees are implementation of old pension scheme for all power employees. And regularisation of all contractual workers like Telangana Govt.

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