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Will act as a bridge between the Centre and AIPEF: Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan assured the All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) that she will act as a bridge between them and the Union government to bring in the proposed changes in India's power policy for country's betterment.
Sumitra Mahajan while addressing the AIPEF federal executive meeting said that by the virtue of her post she can call the minister to her chamber and the representative of AIPEF can talk to him regarding their suggestions on how to improve the power sector of country.

She inaugurated the federation's website 'aipef@in 'and hoped that website will become knowledge pool. She said that the suggestions of Federation will help in reducing AT& C losses, removing the inefficiencies of power system.

Shaliender Dubey, Chairman AIPEF said that the over-dependence on private sector is the main reason for present power crisis and had demanded that private companies in generation and distribution sector should be brought under purview of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

Ratnakar Rao secretary general AIPEF said that the southern states are forced to impose power cuts due to transmission system constraints which need to be strengthened. During peak hours power purchase rate goes up to Rs. 8 ? 9 per unit draining state utilities resources.

Padamjit Singh Chief Patron of Federation opposed the proposed amendments in Electricity Act 2003 to segregate content & carriage in distribution and demanded that these should be withdrawn as it is not in national interest. 

This will facilitate total privatization of power supply which will lead to unaffordable tariff for common man. The Government must discuss the amendments with AIPEF before bringing legislation and views of power sector experts should be considered in national interest.

It was decided to hold a massive demonstration before Parliament in December to draw the attention of NDA government on need of review of power. The federation also criticized the government's move to allow public private partnership model in the ultra-mega power projects (UMPPs), a move that it said could lead to the "privatization"' of the state-owned Coal India Limited (CIL).

The Federation meeting was attended by the delegates from most of the states of country. The other speakers who addressed the meeting included Venkatasiva Reddy from Karnatka, Sunil Jagtap of Maharashtra, Pavan Jain, Anand tewari and VKS Parihar from Madhya Pardesh Apparswamy of Tamil Nadu and B L Yadav.

The power engineer office bearers said that experiment of unbundling of state electricity boards, privatization and franchisee has miserably failed.

This citizen journalist , (VK Gupta) who is spokesperson of Federation said that power Engineer leaders told the gathering that the very purpose of unbundling was to reduce the losses, and improve the financial health of power sector and reduce the subsidy burden of Government but due to faulty policies of UPA Government the contrary has happened.

Power Engineers demanded for professionalisation of management of power utilities is ensured for better co-ordinate efforts to remove the deficiencies of power sector. The power sector problems can be better controlled and losses can be reduced within the framework of public sector functioning with a professionally qualified & technically oriented management to guide the policy and execution. 

They also demanded to scrap new pension policy and reinstate old pension scheme for secured future of power employees.

AIPEF demanded that due to faulty energy policies continued since UPA's Govt. privatization, franchisee, outsourcing and further segregation are stopped immediately till the review of UPA energy policy is done by the new Government.

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