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NIPEF demands discussion on Electricity Bill 2014
The Northern India Power Engineers Federation (NIPEF) has demanded that electricity amendment Bill 2014 should not be passed in the Parliament before making changes in the draft bill as committed by Union Power Minister, Piyush Goyal.

It has been claimed by the Union Power Minister that amended draft has been sent to states for comments but practically nothing of this sort has happened. The government must discuss the amended Bill before putting up for discussion in Parliament.

Padamjit Singh, Chief Patron, AIPEF said that all power purchase agreements made with private power generators should be reviewed as it has rendered the state sector thermal plants on forced outage. The power policies of the NDA government have become pro-corporate houses and are not pro consumers.

During the 12th five year plan the private sector generators are coming up with 45000 MW against 36000 MW in government sector. The government sector generation programme comprises of 21000 MW in central sector and 15000 MW in the state sector. Moreover the private sector is importing Chinese equipment whereas country talks of Make in India.

NIPEF held its federal council meeting at Patiala which was attended from delegates from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan Uttrakhand, Delhi, Haryana and executive members of PSEB Engineers' Association participated.

The meeting was addressed by Padamjit Singh, Chief Patron AIPEF; Shalinder Dubey, Chairman AIPEF; AK Jain, in-charge, Legal Cell, AIPEF and others.

Shalinder Dubey said after Gujarat, Punjab has become the second state to completely shut down its own thermal plants during lean period to pave way for power purchase from private sector thermal plants set up in the state due to lop sided policies of the government.

Padamjit Singh said that in view of claims of Union power and coal minister Piyush Goel that India has become power surplus and there is no coal shortage, the import of coal should be stopped immediately to avoid foreign exchange drain.

Further in a power surplus situation why 8 crore households with 30 crore people of the country are without power. In the rural areas of country less than 8 hour power supply is given. The country has 3 lakh MW generation capacity with maximum peak demand of 1.65 lakh MW.

GS Bhadoria, Chairman, NIPEF said that the introduction of franchisee system in the power distribution sector in the name of competition is to help private sector at the cost of state sector. The NDA government is promoting private companies in power sector at the cost of government entities.

LG Delhi is concealing all the orders issued by the Delhi Government which has not his approval. NIPEF demanded cancellation of Delhi power distribution licenses given to three private companies as these were not approved by LG as per an information obtained under RTI.

NIPEF welcomed the move of Haryana government to merge the two Discoms in the state and demanded that all the power distribution companies across the country should be headed by competent power engineers. All the CMDs and Directors of utilities should be given fixed tenure and no extension should be given to chairman and directors after the age of superannuation.

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