Power sector engineers threaten to go on strike on August 10 against new Electricity bill

Power sector workers have threatened to go on strike or no work protest on August 10 in opposition to the federal government’s determination to introduce the electrical energy modification bill 2021 within the present monsoon session of Parliament, in keeping with All India Power Engineers Federation.

The federation claimed that 15 lakh workers of energy division throughout the nation would go on strike/no work on August 10 to protest in opposition to the Union authorities’s try to introduce the electrical energy (modification) invoice 2021 within the present session of Parliament.

“If the bill is presented on Monday, we will go for a lightning strike,” Shailendra Dubey, Chairman All India Power Engineers Federation informed reporters on Sunday. The federation demanded that as a substitute of passing the invoice in haste, it needs to be despatched to the standing committee of Parliament.

It could be grave injustice to main stakeholder shoppers, energy workers, if the invoice is introduced in Parliament with out giving them a possibility to current their reservations earlier than the standing committee of Parliament, the federation stated.

Shailendra Dubey, chairman of All India Power Engineers Federation stated that from August 3 to August 6, hundreds of electrical energy workers, junior engineers and engineers from completely different States, regardless of the ban at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, demanded to withdraw the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 by way of satyagraha.

Speaking to the media, Dubey stated, “After the success of the Satyagraha, the electrical energy staff would go on strike/work boycott someday on tenth August. If the Central Government takes any one-sided motion to get the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 handed and this invoice is positioned in Parliament earlier than August 10, then the electrical energy staff will strike and boycott the work on the identical day.”

He demanded that instead of getting the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 passed by Parliament in haste, it should be sent to the Standing Committee on Electricity Affairs. The most important stakeholders of the power sector, electricity consumers and power employees should be given full opportunity to present their side before the Standing Committee.

Dubey said, “The All India Power Engineers Federation and the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEE) have sent letters to all political parties urging them to oppose this anti-people bill in Parliament.

He added that there has been a positive response from political parties in this regard and not only has the Kerala Assembly unanimously passed a resolution opposing the bill, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too have written letters to the Prime Minister opposing it.

“Apart from this, the Chief Ministers of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi have opposed the bill by making statements. In such a situation, instead of rushing to pass it in Parliament, the Central Government should send it to the Standing Committee,” he stated.