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AIPEF welcomes Maharashtra's stand against power distribution privatization

VINOD GUPTA | March 12, 2022 05:09 PM

CHANDIGARH: All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF ) welcomes the statement of Maharashtra's State Minister for Power Prajakta Dada Tanpure that the government will not privatise government power sector companies in any way and electricity distribution in none of the cities of Maharashtra will be privatized.

He also opposes the formation of a separate company for electricity distribution to agriculture consumers, while addressing the mammoth gathering of power employees and engineers in Mumbai.

V K Gupta Spokesperson All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) said on Saturday that Maharashtra Discoms has to pay outstanding dues of about 12000 crores to Adani Power and the company has asked for the franchisee of 16 high revenue income cities of Maharashtra. All the state power sector employees and engineers are opposing this.Earlier efforts to privatize the power distribution by way of franchisee has failed in MNagpur, Aurangabad, and Jalgoan. Shailendra Dubey Chairman AIPEF said that the Federation is opposed to the draft of Electricity (Amendment ) bill 2021 as the power sector employees and engineers, who are the major stakeholders have never been consulted. on the draft.. The bill is yet to become law even though privatisation proposals are being processed in union territories like Chandigarh, Dadra-Nagar Haveli,Puducherry and Jammu & Kashmir. Dubey further said that National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) will be hilding a convention on March 19 at Chandigarh against privatisation of Chandigarh electricity department . The employees fron Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh will be participating in the convention.

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