New Delhi. Protest has taken place at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar today in protest against the Central Government’s Electricity Amendment Bill-2022. Many organizations of engineers working in the power sector participated in this protest. These organizations have passed a resolution warning the central government that if a unilateral attempt is made to pass this bill in the Parliament taking the electricity workers into confidence, then the electricity workers and engineers will be bound to go on strike. Its entire responsibility will be of the central government.
Let us tell you that before preparing to pass this bill in the upcoming winter session of the Parliament, the power companies have warned the Central Government. All India Power Engineers Federation, an organization of engineers working in the power sector, and many other organizations and some opposition parties are also opposing the Electricity (Amendment) Bill-2022. These people say that after this bill is passed, along with the customers, the employees will also be neglected.
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Demonstration against electricity amendment bill
The rally, organized on the call of the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers, was addressed by heads of several unions. Shailendra Dubey, Chairman of All India Power Engineers Federation, in a conversation with News18 Hindi, says, ‘We have passed a resolution and warned the central government that if electricity workers are taken into confidence, a one-sided attempt will be made to pass the bill in Parliament. If this is done, all the electricity workers and engineers across the country will be bound to go on strike. Its entire responsibility will be of the central government. The Lok Sabha has sent the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 to the Standing Committee on Energy Affairs of the Parliament, but the Standing Committee has not yet discussed it with the electricity workers and common consumers.
These are the demands of electricity organizations
Dubey further says, ‘Any one-sided action to pass the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 in the Parliament without taking the electricity workers and engineers into confidence will be strongly opposed and all the 27 lakh electricity workers and engineers of the country will oppose any such move. Will be forced to go on a nationwide strike to protest against the move.
The electricity department launched a recovery campaign.
Why is this issue becoming political now?
The National Coordination Committee associated with this movement has also appealed to all the Chief Ministers of the country to strongly oppose the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 in the larger interest of the energy sector and electricity consumers. The All India Power Engineers Federation says that after last year’s Kisan Andolan, the Central Government has given a written assurance in a letter sent to the United Kisan Morcha that the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 will be passed without taking all the stakeholders into confidence and without discussing with all the stakeholders. will not be laid in Parliament. The biggest stakeholders in the electricity sector are the consumers of electricity and the employees of electricity.
These organizations allege that the Central Government and the Union Ministry of Power have neither held any talks with the consumer organizations of electricity nor with any organization of electricity employees on the amendments proposed through the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 23, 2022, 17:47 IST