Workers’ protest: UP puts Varanasi discom privatisation on the back burner

The Uttar Pradesh government has put in abeyance a plan to unbundle and privatise the Varanasi discom, Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam (PVVNL), following protests from its engineers and other workers.

The move by the BJP-ruled state, one that follows the Centre’s reformist policies for the stressed sector most ardently, comes close on the heels of the Union power ministry seeking to fast-track the privatisation of electricity discoms in the country, by issuing the draft standard bidding guidelines.

In a meeting of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL) officials and Sangharsh Samiti, which was presided over by state finance minister Suresh Khanna and energy minister Shrikant Sharma, the UP government assured the employees that efforts would be made to improve the discoms in the present set-up only by taking the employees into confidence.

According to an agreement signed between state principal secretary (energy) Arvind Kumar and the employees’ representatives, the UPCCL management also assured the staff that it would not implement privatisation in any sphere without taking workers into confidence.

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