AIPEF to oppose Electricity amendment bill

AIPEF to oppose Electricity amendment bill
Friday May 15, 2015
Chandigarh

All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has decided to oppose the amendments proposed in Electricity (Amendment) bill 2014 which has been approved by union cabinet.
AIPEF in a letter to Prime Minister has requested him to review the decision and nothing should be done in haste. AIPEF has claimed that amending the Electricity Act 2003 which governs power sector structure and policy, is a crucial exercise with far reaching long term implications. It is a useful opportunity to change the course of the policy direction to address critical issues faced by the sector. Therefore while undertaking such a process it becomes extremely important to assess the immediate as well as long term challenges before the sector which cannot be completed without knowing the views of power engineers.

V K Gupta a spokesperson of Federation said that the amendment bill will have far reaching changes which are detrimental to the power sector of the country. AIPEF had submitted its views and suggestions on the bill for consideration of the standing committee on energy but it is most unfortunate that despite repeated reminders Standing Committee did not invite AIPEF or any other employee’s federation and unilaterally submitted its report which has dissenting notes by opposition parties.

AIPEF is preparing for long drawn strategy of agitation along with power employees federations under the banner of National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees & Engineers (NCCOEEE), in case proposed amendment bill is not withdrawn. He further said that besides other anti people amendments the bill aims at to give profit to private licensees & hefty tariff hike for common consumers.

AIPEF in its letter has raised mainly seven concerns regarding proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014. First is translating “Power to all ’’ objective into implementable action plan which ensures access to quality affordable supply for poor and newly electrified households. Second is mitigating the possibility of cherry picking of high paying consumers by new supply licensees. Third is protecting interests of small consumers by ensuring that they alone do not bear the burden arising out of these changes and are not subject to sudden tariff shocks. Fourth is the incumbent supply licensee being vested with universal supply obligation will become the default supplier for agriculture and rural low tension consumers. As such it will be financially impacted most on account of migration of high paying consumers to new supply licensees and open access. Fifth is Promoting energy efficiency along with renewable energy. Sixth is ensuring institutional autonomy of regulatory commissions. Seventh is avoiding needless complexity and thus reducing scope for misinterpretation and unnecessary litigation.

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