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JAMMU: Power Employees and Engineers Coordination Committee [PEECC] Convenor Jammu and General Secretary JKEEGA, Sachin Tickoo in a statement issued on Sunday demanded that Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2021 must be put in the public domain before starting discussion on it in Parliament. The bill is not even available on Power Ministry Website. He said that Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 is included in list of 20 new bills to be placed in the current Budget Session of Parliament. Now, the Union Power Minister is to hold a video conference on February 17, with Power Secretaries of state and CMDs of DISCOMS to discuss the proposed amendments in Electricity Act 2003. All India Power Engineers Federation has threatened a lightning strike against any unilateral move to rush through the bill in Parliament.
AIPEF National Executive Meeting has been called on February 27, at Mumbai which will decide future agitational course of action. The leaders said all power engineers across the country will go for nationwide struggle against Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021. In its letter to Prime Minister it has mentioned that it is a short-cut and rush through amendments without due consideration or deliberation, is not acceptable.
PEECC stressed that all the stakeholders including Associations/ Unions of employees and engineers, consumers and others must be given sufficient time to present their viewpoints.
Others present during the meeting included Ashok Kumar Dubey Vice-President JKEEGA, Jaipal Sharma President DEA, Sanjeev Bali President PPEU, Anil Slathia Lineman and Workers Union, Jasbir Singh ITI Employees, H D Singh, TEF, Tarun Gupta President PDEU, Balbir Singh Draftsman Association, Jasbir Singh ITI Employees and Kulbir Singh EEU.