PATIALA: The members of All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) stated that the shoppers and electrical energy employees and engineers are being ignored in finalising the draft Electricity (modification) Bill 2021.
Chairman AIPEF Shailender Dubey has written a letter to Union Power Minister that the ministry has circulated the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 to a restricted group of State and UT Power Secretaries for his or her sending their feedback in two weeks. Bill 2021 proposes to interchange the method of distribution license with the proposed distribution registration.
AIPEF Spokesperson V Ok Gupta stated that in the current digital assembly of Union Power Minister R Ok Singh on February 17, quite a lot of states together with BJP dominated states have opposed the various clauses of the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021. He stated that it appears that evidently for the Ministry of Power solely bureaucrats and massive industrial homes are the one stakeholders.
“The Telangana authorities has dominated out implementing a franchisee system in energy sector proposed as half of a bigger privatisation transfer in distribution corporations (Discoms). The state authorities is in opposition to the privatisation of energy distribution. Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh have taken the stand that it’s not potential to privatise as a result of geographical difficulties. Moreover in the districts the place industrial belts are positioned might be taken over by the non-public sector. With the remaining areas income of Discom might be hit adversely and they won’t be able to pay the wage and pension advantages of their employees,” Gupta added.
Padamjit Singh Chief Patron AIPEF stated that the examine carried out by Prayas (power) group Pune reveals that the outcomes of operationalisation of parallel licensing in Mumbai has been opposite to the expectation, because it has taken place with a collection of pointless litigations, skyrocketing bills, steep shopper tariffs, and regulatory failure. This exposes how competitors has failed in Mumbai and how shoppers have suffered.
Dr. Pramod Deo, Ex-Chairman CERC has acknowledged not too long ago that the supply of shopper selection has failed in Mumbai and that the proposed modification of Electricity Bill 2021 won’t obtain the aim of shopper selection ensuing in decrease tariffs.
Padamjit stated that when the experiment has failed in Mumbai, it can’t be anticipated to succeed anyplace else in India. There is a powerful case to roll again the privatization course of in Mumbai in addition to different areas like Odisha, Delhi, and different States/Cities.
AIPEF calls for that the invoice be placed on the facility ministries web site and thereafter the feedback of all of the stakeholders together with electrical energy shoppers, electrical energy employees, staff, engineers have to be thought-about earlier than finalising the draft invoice 2021.