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Power engineers and employees oppose Neeti Ayog recommendation to privatize power distribution

Punjab Tribune Bureau | June 12, 2019 03:27 PM
Punjab Tribune Bureau

JALANDHAR: Power sector engineers & employees oppose privatisation of power distribution  All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF )  strongly oppose the proposals of NITI Aayog in its strategy paper to privatise power distribution in urban areas and franchisee system in rural areas. Any move to privatise the power distribution will be resisted by power engineers and employees at all levels.

V K Gupta Spokesperson of AIPEF said that the strategy paper released by NITI Aayog basically covers all the points which were part of Electricity (Amendment )Bill 2014 &2018. These bills lapsed after these bills could not be passed in last of Lok Sabha. The AIPEF has already written to the Union Power Minister R K Singh seeking time for discussing the problems of the power sector.

The Federation is of the firm view that experiments of privatisation and franchisee system have already failed across the country. Under these circumstances, the government discuss the issues with power engineers so that a fruitful power policy can be finalized. This will ensure quality and affordable power to the consumers.

Shaliender Dubey Chairman said that the experiment of unbundling of state electricity boards has failed and the losses of the distribution companies are increasing and unification is need of the hour to avoid unnecessary wasteful administrative expenditure.

After unbundling generation and transmission companies are paying millions of Rs. as income tax in name of profit while distribution companies financial position if going from bad to worse every day. The payment of income tax and losses are leading to a higher tariff for common consumers.

Federation warns that in case of a unilateral decision by the government of India to privatise power distribution on the basis of NITI Aayou paper the employees will be forced to agitate.

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