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Power sector employees' December 8 strike postponed
National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees & Engineers (NCCOEEE) has postponed one day work boycott due on 08 December against Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014.

Decision to postpone the strike was taken after Central Government initiated talks on objections of power sector employees and engineers on amendment bill. During talks it was also intimated by the Ministry of Power that no final decision has yet been taken by Central Cabinet on the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 and before taking any final decision the issue bill be discussed with NCCOEEE in detail.

Ministry of Power confirmed in writing that Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Power will hold talks with NCCOEEE delegates on 04th December after he returns from Paris.

NCCOEEE meeting was presided by veteran trade union leader A B Bardhan and attended by AIPEF Chairman Shailendra Dubey, K O Habib, AIPEF Chief Patron Padmjit Singh, K Ashok Ro, A K Jain and others.

V K Gupta Spokesperson of All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) informed that meeting was called by Secretary, Labour & Employment in which Officers of Ministry of Power were also present. NCCOEEE insisted in the meeting that no unilateral decision should be taken by the government on Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 and the Bill should not be rush through in winter session of Parliament otherwise power employees and engineers will have no option except to go on work boycott on December 8 as a token protest.

Ministry of Power clarified that no final decision has been taken on the various clauses of Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 by the Central Cabinet and as assured by Power Minister, Piyush Goyal detailed discussions will be held with NCCOEEE before finalising the Bill.

NCCOEEE delegates told the officials that they are opposed to various clauses of the Bill particularly segregation of carriage & content, which will pave path for privatisation of profit making industrial, commercial and other high end power consumers. Thus government supply company will by default become supply company of loss making consumers, which is not in the larger interest of the nation.

They said that their views were not heard by parliamentary standing committee on energy hence Central Government should not act in haste to rush through the Bill in current session of parliament.

They said that before passing any new amendment Bill the government should review the outcome of unbundling, privatisation & franchisation of power utilities and DISCOMS and before going for any change in policy decision power employees and engineers should be taken into confidence.

After talks with Power Minister on 04 December NCCOEEE leaders will chalk out further course of action.

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