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MeECL employees to protest Electricity Amendment Bill

The employees were of the opinion that the Bill would have far-reaching adverse effects on the power sector, electricity consumers and electricity employees and engineers.

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Shillong: Employees of the Meghalaya Electric Corporation Limited (MeECL) will join the rest their co-workers in the rest of the country to protest the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022, which is being brought to amend the Electricity Act 2003 in the Parliament on Monday.

The employees under the banner of Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL Association and Unions (CCORMAU) were of the opinion that the Bill would have far-reaching adverse effects on the power sector, electricity consumers and electricity employees and engineers.

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“When the Central Government tables the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 in the Parliament, at the same time all the MeECL employees and engineers will come out of their work places and demonstrate with the rest of the country with banners and placards for one to two hours in all district headquarters,”

The Unions leaders said that the protest will be peaceful and carried without any disruption of power supply. Thereafter any further action shall be taken in consonance with the decisions of the NCCOEEE, the statement said.

“Last year, the Central Government had promised through a written letter to the United Kisan Morcha on December 9, 2021, that the Electricity (Amendment) Bill would not be introduced in the Parliament without consultation with all the stakeholders, including farmers. There have not been such discussions till date. Now if the central government has taken a unilateral decision to present and pass the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 in the Parliament on Monday, then it is a clear violation of the written promise given to the United Kisan Morcha,” CCORMAU said.

“Further, despite repeated requests from the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) and All India Power Engineers Federation, (AIPEF) the Central Government has not held any talks with the Electricity Engineers or the employees even

once regarding the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022,” the statement maintained.

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