Electricity consumers and employees being ignored in finalising Electricity Bill 2021 -AIPEF

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CHANDIGARH:The electricity  consumers and employees and engineers are being ignored  in finalising the draft Electricity (amendment ) Bill 2021, said, V K Gupta
spokesperson All India Power Engineers Federation(AIPEF).
Shailender Dubey Chairman AIPEF  has written a letter to Union Power Minister that the ministry hascirculated  the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 to a limited group ofState and UT Power Secretaries for their sending their comments in two weeks. Bill 2021 proposes to replace
the process of distribution license with the proposed
distribution registration.In the recent virtual meeting  of Union Power Minister R K Singh on February 17,
a number of states including BJP ruled states have  opposed
the many clauses of the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021. It seems that for the Ministry of Power
only bureaucrats and big industrial houses are the only stakeholders,said V K Gupta .
 The Telangana government has ruled out implementing a franchisee system in
power sector proposed as part of a larger privatisation move in distribution companies (Discoms).
 The state government is against the privatisation of power distribution.
Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh have taken the stand that it is not possible to privatise due to geographical difficulties. Moreover in the districts where industrial belts are located will be taken over by the private sector. With the remaining areas revenue of Discom will be hit adversely and they will not be able to pay the salary and pensionary benefits of their employees.

Padamjit Singh Chief Patron AIPEF said that the study carried out by Prayas (energy) group Pune shows that the results of
operationalisation  of parallel licensing in Mumbai has been contrary to the expectation, as it has taken place with a series of unnecessary litigations,skyrocketing expenses, steep consumer tariffs, and regulatory failure.This exposes how competition has failed in Mumbai and how consumers have suffered.
Dr. Pramod Deo, Ex-Chairman CERC has stated recently that the provision of consumer choice has failed in Mumbai and that the proposed amendment of Electricity Bill 2021 will not achieve the goal of consumer choice resulting in lower tariffs.
Padamjit said that when the experiment has failed in Mumbai, it cannot be expected to succeed anywhere else in India. There is a strong case to roll back
the privatization process  in Mumbai as well as other areas like Odisha, Delhi,
and other States/Cities.  

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