Power employees threaten to go on strike

By Abha Manakatala - Mon Jul 20, 11:16 am

India-0245Power employees and engineers across the country have threatened to go on one-day strike in protest against the Electricity Amendment Bill on the day it is presented in Parliament during the Monsoon session beginning tomorrow.

Despite the opposition the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 has been put on agenda of Lok Sabha and can come up anytime between July 21 and August 13, Chairman of All-India Power Engineers Federation Shailendra Dubey said in the Capital today.

“Hence, power men throughout the country have been alerted to observe strike/work boycott on that day,” he said.

Dubey alleged the amendments were not based upon ground realities and were in the interest of private players.

He said, “The amendment will make state power utilities financially bankrupt as the Bill seeks to segregate the power distribution network from electricity supply business… this is basically anti-people and does not look at root cause of power sector ailments.”

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