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Punjab Government reject draft Electricity (Amendment ) bill 2018

November 30, 2018 03:11 PM

PATIALA: Punjab Chief Minister has written to Prime Minister rejecting the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2018 as this is a direct attack on the federal structure of the country .This was stated by Brahm Mohindra Health Minister and Balbir Singh Sidhu Animal Husbandry Minister who were addressing general body meeting of PSEB Engineers Association. They said that power is a concurrent subject and centre cannot take unilateral decisions concerning states.

Padamjit Singh Chief Patron and Shailendra Dubey, Chairman All India Power Engineers Federation, Baldev Singh Sran CMD PSPCL, Venu Parshad Secretary Power addressed the gathering. Suneel Grover MD in HPSEB Ltd a K Jain Legal Secretary   V K Gupta Spokesperson AIPEF and other prominent engineers from northern states also participated.

Sanjeev Sood President of Association in his address highlighted the achievements made by the PSPCL & PSTCL .He said that major milestone achieved during this period is to restart construction activities of Shahpur Kandi Hydel Project. Punjab is expected to get a direct benefit of Rs. 850 crore annually with the commissioning of this project. Another milestone is the re-operationalisation of Pachwara Coal Mine which will translate into a saving of Rs. 600 Crore annually on coal expenditure to PSPCL. It was further highlighted that PSPCL was able to sell power outside of the state of Rs. 976 crore till date this year.

Shaliender Dubey Chairman AIPEF criticized the power policies of the central government and said that Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2018 will only lead to complete privatization of power distribution and aims to benefit corporate houses at the cost of state exchequer. He said that engineers across the country will protest against this bill with two days strike in January.

Baldev Singh Sran CMD said that PSPCL will set up three 600 MW super critical thermal plants at Ropar, 100 MW straw based plant and solar power plant at Bathinda . He further said that grant of lower start to newly recruited assistant engineers
is a great injustice to the engineers and urged the Punjab Government to undo this.

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