The All India Electrical Engineers’ Association (AIPEF) urged the government to withdraw the Union Cabinet’s decision to privatize power distribution in Chandigarh, saying the matter is still pending in the court.
Requesting to withdraw the decision of the Union Cabinet, said that the matter is still pending in the court.
The All India Electrical Engineers’ Association (AIPEF) urged the government to withdraw the Union Cabinet’s decision to privatize power distribution in Chandigarh, saying the matter is still pending in the court. An AIPEF statement said that the union has asked the government to withdraw the step of privatization of electricity distribution in Chandigarh. Union spokesperson VK Gupta said that the decision was legally challenged by the employees of the union territory and the matter is still under consideration. Earlier this matter was taken to the Supreme Court and now it is being considered by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
It said that the next date of hearing is January 20 and the High Court is yet to take any decision on the merits of the case. On January 6, the Union Cabinet had approved the privatization of the electricity department of the Chandigarh Administration. The statement said that the government should withdraw this step as all the stakeholders are against it.
Announcement of protest rally on January 11
Meanwhile, the Union Territory Electricity Workers Union has called for a protest rally on January 11. Sangh’s general secretary Gopal Dutt Joshi said that we are waiting for the High Court’s decision on the petition filed on this issue, but the administration has given the final nod to privatization. We will call for a strike during the rally.
Many companies are involved in the race to buy Chandigarh Electricity Department. These include Adani Transmission Limited, Tata Power, Torrent Power, Sterelite Power, Runway Wind Energy, Eminent Electricity Distribution Limited and NTPC. Let us tell you that the central government is taking continuous steps regarding electricity reforms. In this episode, the Central Government had also taken steps regarding Chandigarh.
But the matter kept hanging due to the repeated restrictions being imposed by the High Court. Now a decision is going to be taken on this. The UT administration had started the process of handing over the electricity department to private hands in the year 2019. In the year 2020, when Corona knocked, the pace of the process stopped.
After this, on 9 November 2020, the Engineering Department of the Administration sought applications from interested companies for privatization. The UT Power Man Union approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the process. After the hearing, the High Court had stayed the decision of the UT administration on 1 December 2020.
(with PTI input)