Demonstration at Ernakulam on 6-11-2015
Union power minister held discussion with NCCOEE leaders at 1.30 just after the mass demonstration and public meeting at cochin on 6-11-2015 .Shailendra Dubey , Chairman AIPEF participated in discussion. Union minster assured that there will be discussion with Engineers and Employees of power sector before placing the bill before parliament
KSEBEA Chairman Dr. Mohammed Sheriff and General Secretary Er. George Mathew Addressed the Gathering
Sri .Piyush Goyal assures power sector employees further talks on electricity bill
by V K Gupta · November 7, 2015
Piyush Goyal Union Power Minister assured the delegation of National Co-ordination Committee for Electricity Employees and Engineers ( NCCOEEE) that detailed discussion with them will be held in New Delhi before presenting the Electricity (Amendment ) bill 2014 in the Parliament.
A delegation of NCCOEEE met the Piyush Goyal at the venue of power ministers conference. The delegates briefed the minister about their apprehensions on the proposed amendments to the electricity bill and its implications .
In the one hour meeting the Piyush Goyal Union Power Minister assured the delegation that the concerns of the employees and engineers working in the power sector will be addressed. He informed that the states have been given the power to decide the timing and method of introducing competition in distribution and no cherry picking will t be permitted. The necessary changes in the bill cleared by the standing committee will be made after further discussion in the next meeting to be held after three weeks.
Earlier more than 10,000 employees took out a massive protest march under the banner of NCCOEEE a broad-based platform of all the major federations of employees and engineers in the country’s power sector, to the venue of the All India conference of state power ministers on Friday demanding revocation of the proposed amendment to the Electricity Act 2003.
Manik Dey Power Minister of Tripura addressed the demonstration & extended support to power workers against Electricity(Amendment) Bill 2014 in their struggle . He urged that profits made by public sector undertakings in the power sector, having infrastructure built using public money, need to be passed on to consumers through State-owned distribution companies.
P Rathnakar Rao Secretary General All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF ) Mohd. Shereef President KSEB Engineers Association along with other leaders addressed the demonstration.
The protest was organized against the Central Government’s move to pass the Electricity Amendment Bill – 2014.The Bill primarily seeks to segregate the distribution network from the electricity supply business, and to introduce multiple supply licenses in the market.
A number of speakers while addressing the mammoth gathering alleged that the government did not consult the trade unions in the sector while formulating the amendments. Even the parliamentary standing committee on power sector reforms did not take into consideration the view point of the unions. Besides, 18 states, including Kerala and Gujarat had expressed strong reservations on the amendments.
V K Gupta
source : indianpowersector.com