Niti Aayog’s ‘privatisation’ recipe irks public sector powermen union

Niti Aayog’s ‘privatisation’ recipe irks public sector powermen union

Energy sector technocrats representing some 1.5 million public sector powermen have opposed NITI Aayog’s proposals, in its strategy paper, to privatise power distribution in urban areas and run a franchisee system in rural. All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has said any move to privatise power distribution would meet resistance by power engineers and employees at all levels.

According to AIPEF chairman Shailendra Dubey, the NITI Aayog strategy paper had basically highlighted such points, which were part of Electricity (Amendment) Bills 2014 and 2018. These bills elapsed after they could not be passed in the Lok Sabha under the Narendra Modi-I regime.

In its paper, NITI Aayog has proposed privatisation of state distribution companies (discoms) and the use of a franchisee model to reduce AT&C (aggregate technical and commercial) losses in the domestic power sector. Read More

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