The All India Power Engineers Federation has strongly opposed the announcement made by Union Power Minister; R K Singh at FICCI's programme in Delhi to pass the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament. The Federation has said that any unilateral action to get the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 passed in Parliament without taking the electricity employees and engineers across the country into confidence will be strongly opposed and all 27 lakh electricity employees and engineers of the country will be forced to resort to Nation wide strike in protest against the move.
The All India Power Engineers Federation has appealed to all the Chief Ministers of the States and Union Territories urging them to strongly oppose the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the larger interest of the energy sector and electricity consumers.
ShailendraDubey, Chairman, All India Power Engineers Federation, said in a statement issued here today that after the farmers' agitation last year, the Central Government in a letter sent to the United Kisan Morcha has given a written assurance that the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 will not be placed in Parliament without discussion with all the stake holders. He said that the biggest stakeholders in the power sector are electricity consumers and power employees. The Central Government and the Union Ministry of Power have not held any talks till date, neither with the consumer organizations of electricity nor with any organization of power employees, on the proposed amendments through the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021.
Therefore, if this bill is unilaterally placed in the monsoon session of Parliament without taking the power employees into confidence, then it will be a clear violation of the written assurance of the Central Government and it will be strongly opposed.
Terming the statement of Union Power Minister Shree R. K. Singh as misleading and cheating the public, he said that the matter of giving choice to consumers through Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 is completely wrong. In fact, through this amendment, the Central Government is going to abolish the license of electricity distribution and give the facility to private corporates to supply electricity through the existing network of Government Discoms.
Government corporations of electricity have set up a network of transmission and distribution of electricity by spending billions or trillions of rupees and on its maintenance, Government Corporations are spending crores of rupees per month. Through this bill, private houses are allowed to use this network to earn the profit. This is the intention of the Government in pushing this amendment bill.