Power sector employees and engineers across the country observed anti-privatisation day, demanding to withdraw all privatisation attempts, including the Electricity Amendment Bill 2022, All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) said on Wednesday.
On the call of the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE), power sector electricity employees and engineers across the country demonstrated vigorously at power utility headquarters chanting the slogan ‘Save power sector, save India’, said NCCOEEE spokesperson VK Gupta.
Gupta said that the quest for profit and greater commercial orientation seems to be the only aim of the central government. He said that on Wednesday, protests were held at Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Lucknow, Hisar, Panchkula, Patiala, Chennai, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Dehradun, Shimla, Jammu, Srinagar, and other cities.
A press release issued by the federation quoted its chairman Shailendra Dubey as saying that the Electricity Amendment Bill 2022 aims is to privatise the power sector completely and to end all subsidies to power consumers, which would affect commoners, especially farmers and the downtrodden. He said that massive demonstrations were held today throughout Andhra Pradesh. The employees and engineers are going on strike from August 10.
Dubey said that the protest meetings will oppose the victimisation of UP Power Employees and Engineers after betraying the agreement made on March 19. He said that 124 employees were suspended and 2,400 contractual workers were removed from their jobs.
Gupta informed that on March 19, during the strike, the UP Power Minister requested the unions to call off their agitation with specific commitment that all related matters from December last year’s settlement will be honoured.