PDD workers’ oppose Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022

PDD workers’ oppose Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022

‘It will severely impact consumers and employees alike’

Sayima Ahmad

SRINAGAR, Aug 8: Power department engineers and employees have opposed the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022 saying it’s implementation will be an “open violation” of Article 39 (b) of the Indian Constitution.

Pertinently, Article 39 (b) says that “the ownership and control of the material resources of the community are so distributed as best to sub serve the common good”.

Power Development Department (PDD) employees demonstrated against the Electricity (Amendment) Bill,2022 under the banner of “National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers”

The National Co-ordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) is a broad based platform of all major Federations of Power sector employees and engineers and he objective of (NCCOEEE) is to stop privatisation of all important Public sector enterprises to keep self- reliance of the country earned through 74 years since 15th August, 1947.

While speaking to Kashmir Despatch protesters said that , “Workers’ of PDD are opposing the bill across the India as this amendment will bring unfavourable effects to PDD workers and common people as well. It’s objective is to privatization of Electricity which pose threat to common people and workers as well.”

It is pertinent to mention here, according to the Union minister of Power RK Singh, the bill seeks to allow the entry of private companies into the electricity distribution sector and to enable consumers to choose from multiple service providers.

The Bill seeks to amend section 14 of the Electricity Act 2003 to facilitate the use of distribution networks by all licensees under provisions of non-discriminatory “open access with” the objective of enabling competition, enhancing efficiency of distribution licensees for improving services to consumers and ensuring sustainability of the power sector.

It also seeks to amend Section 42 to facilitate open access to the distribution network of a distribution licensee.

“Licences will be provided to corporates , private players will play crucial role and discrimination will rise ” said protesting PDD worker .

PDD workers claimed that “As stakeholders, we have given blood to this department across the country. We have made the assets now how can they overlook us this way ?”

The PDD protesters while talking to Kashmir Despatch raised their concern saying” administration should come forward and negotiate with stakeholders, assure workers before taking any such decision.

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