Electricity Amendment Bill: Union Power Minister RK Singh on Monday (August 08, 2022) introduced and passed the Electricity Amendment Bill 2022 in Parliament after the All India Power Engineers Federation congratulated PM Modi. A letter has been sent. In the letter, the Federation has appealed to the Prime Minister for effective intervention in this matter. The Federation says that this bill should not be passed in Parliament.
The All India Power Engineers Federation says that this bill should be sent to the Standing Committee on Electricity Affairs of Parliament for detailed discussion with all stakeholders including electricity consumers and power employees.
What in the letter to the PM?
On this issue, Shailendra Dubey, chairman of All India Power Engineers Federation, has sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. It has been written in the letter on behalf of the Federation that, the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 is signed by the Union Power Minister. From this it is clear that no talk has been made nor has any comment been sought from any state government or any stake holders on this bill. He has written that electricity comes in the concurrent list of the Constitution. This means that the central government and the state government have equal rights in this matter. At the same time, the draft bill signed by the Union Power Minister on 02nd August has been released on 05th August 2022. This bill is being placed in the Lok Sabha on August 8.
…so, electricity workers across the country will demonstrate
The Federation has appealed to Prime Minister Modi not to pass the bill in haste. It should be sent to the Standing Committee on Electricity Affairs of Lok Sabha. The National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers and All India Power Engineers Federation have already given notice to the Union Ministry of Power. In this notice, the Federation has said that on the day the Electricity Amendment Bill 2022 will be placed in the Parliament, on the same day all the electricity workers and engineers across the country will stop the work and conduct massive protests throughout the day.
Federation cites ‘Energy Watchdog’ lawsuit
Shailendra Dubey, chairman of the All India Power Engineers Federation, has written in a letter to PM Narendra Modi that the Supreme Court’s decision in this matter should be followed in the case of ‘Energy Watchdog’. In fact, the Supreme Court had clearly stated in its decision that ‘While making the Electricity Act 2003, the Electricity Bill 2001 was discussed for two years with all the stakeholders and experts. Then the Electricity Act 2003 was made.
The Federation has also said in its letter that, ‘The decision given by the Supreme Court has been precedent. Before finalizing the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022, it is necessary to consult all the stakeholders, especially the electricity consumers and power engineers and employees.