Power sector employees protest against privatization of discoms

Power sector employees on Thursday held nationwide protests against the government”s decision to privatize discoms, the All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) said.

“Lakhs of power sector employees including engineers, today held nationwide protests seeking the withdrawal of Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020, scrapping of standard bidding document (SBD) and opposed the privatization of power distribution companies (discoms) in states and union territories,” AIPEF spokesperson V K Gupta said in a statement.

Gupta said protest meetings were held in all the states and union territories, including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, among others.

Power sector employees and engineers are opposing the government”s move to privatise electricity distribution, All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) Chairman Shailendra Dubey said in Lucknow.

They are demanding scrapping of the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and SBD aimed at privatisation, he added.

Gupta said the power engineers did not join Thursday”s strike called by 10 central trade unions and just staged a simple protest to highlight their issues.

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