Power employees and engineers to hold protests on December 7

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Rupnagar, Oct 12 (UNI) Electricity employees and engineers of the country will hold demonstrations on December 7 at state capitals and in front of the headquarters of State Electricity Boards to protest against the failure of Union government to review the Electricity Act, 2003.

Disclosing this here yesterday a spokesman of the National Co-ordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) said that this decision was taken during a convention of the electricity employees and engineers organised by NCCOEEE at New Delhi on October 10 under the chairmanship of CPI general secretary A B Bardhan.

The present deadline for the unbundling of State Electricity Boards is due to expire on December 9.

The convention strongly criticised the failure of Union power ministry to initiate the discussions with the representatives of NCCOEEE to review the electricity act 2003 as committed by Central government, spokesman said.

The convention was of the opinion that there was a need to add adequate generation including nuclear power in public sector and to ensure affordable and adequate power to agriculture, domestic and industrial consumers.

NCCOEEE was also of view that the reforms process in the country has miserably failed in generation capacity addition and to solve the consumer's problems.

The convention deliberated on the conditions of electricity employees in the country and the challenges of liberalisation in power sector.

UNI

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