Power employees threatennationwide stir from Aug 10 | Varanasi News

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Varanasi: The Vidyut Karmchari Sanyukta Sangharsh Samiti has warned that if the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2021 is not withdrawn soon, 15 lakh power employees across the country will boycott work on August 10.
In its state convention held at Power Training Institute, Hydel Colony in Bhikharipur area here on Thursday, VKSSS passed a resolution to join the countrywide work boycott agitation on August 10 in case the Bill is not withdrawn immediately. Convenor Shailendra Dubey said that apart from all employees and engineers of all power corporations of UP, other supporting staff will also join the proposed agitation.
The speakers said that office-bearers of the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers had already met power secretary of government of India Alok Kumar in Delhi on Wednesday to express their protest against the bill. Now, the series of sit-in and satyagrah will start at Shram Shakti Bhawan in New Delhi from August 3 to August 6 by the power employees from north, east, west and southern zones, respectively.
If their demands would not be met even after holding the series of protests, the work boycott agitation will take place in India on August 10, they added.
They said that the power employees are demanding that instead of passing this bill in a hurry to make major changes in electricity laws, the government should send it to Parliament’s standing committee on electricity to seek opinion of power employees and consumers on it.
They alleged that ending the provision of licence for power production in the Electricity Act, 2003 resulted in privatisation of power production due to which purchasing of power became a costly affair.
Now, with the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2021 the provision of licence is being ended for power distribution, they said adding, it will pave the way for privatisation of power distribution. More than one private company will enter this sector and start using the infrastructure and network of government without any licence, they said adding, those companies will supply power to only those industrial and commercial consumers, which would be profit-making for them.
These provisions will deteriorate the financial condition of power distribution by the government departments, which would not be in the interest of farmers and poor consumers, they claimed.
Chandrashekhar Chaurasia chaired the convention and Rajendra Singh conducted it. Important among others, Prabhat Singh, Jai Prakash, Jawahar Lal Vishwakarma, Mayashankar Tiwari, AP Shukla, AK Srivastava and RK Wahi also addressed the convention.





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