Power engineers threaten strike over Act amendments
Power engineers have put on notice the Centre and state governments saying they would strike work throughout the country in protest against the proposed amendments to the Electricity Act 2003 if the government tables the Bill in Parliament during the monsoon session, scheduled to begin from July 21.
Some 12 lakh power engineers and employees, who are members of several unions affiliated to various political parties have come together under the umbrella of National Co-ordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers to stop the government from proceeding with the amendment.
Convenor of the co-ordination committee, CPI’s A B Bardhan, has written to PM Narendra Modi and chief ministers to warn them of the strike, the All India Power Engineers’ federation said in a statement.
The proposed amendment aims to separate content and carriage in distribution. This envisages several licensees supplying power through a common network.