Electricity workers and engineers hold demonstrations all over Maharashtra on 12 March against the central government’s policy of privatizing power industry

Press Statement by Maharashtra State Electricity Workers Federation

Maharashtra State Electricity Workers Federation

(Affiliated to All India Trade Union Congress)

Comrade Krishna Bhoyar, General Secretary
kbhoyar1767@gmail.com
9930003608

Newspaper Statement      Dated 12.03.2024      Mumbai

On March 12, strong protests by electricity workers and engineers held across the country against the central government’s policy of privatizing the power industry

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As per the decision taken at the 16th Hyderabad National Convention of All India Federation of Electricity Employees, thousands of Electricity Workers, Engineers, Officers and Contract Outsourced workers held demonstrations, under the leadership of Maharashtra State Electricity Workers’ Federation, to bring attention to the long pending problems and demands of electricity sector employees, engineers, officers and contract outsourced workers across the country. On March 12, 2024, the workers in Maharashtra power generation stations, distribution company sub-stations and distribution company offices in Vashi, Thane, Kalyan, Palghar, Vasai, Osmanabad, Khamgaon, Akola, Buldhana, Amravati, Yavatmal, Chandrapur, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nanded, Solapur, Kolhapur, Sangli, Latur, Parbhani, Chandrapur, Gondia, Wardha, Jalgaon, Nashik, Ekalhare, Bhusawal, Khava Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg etc. held demonstrations.

The Central Government should withdraw the Anti-State, Anti-Consumer and Anti-People Electricity (Amendment) Bill-2022, make immediate appointments to all vacant posts in power generation, distribution and transmission companies across the country, relaxed terms and conditions to all contractual/outsourced employees on seniority basis should be maintained, the old pension scheme should be started and implemented, the decision of Hon’ble Supreme Court regarding equal pay for equal work should be implemented.

The policy of installing smart prepaid meters to electricity consumers should be stopped, private franchises in Bhiwandi, Malegaon, Mumbra should be cancelled in Maharashtra, along with franchises across the country, parallel electricity distribution licenses should not be given to private capitalists in the scope of distribution companies.

The movement in Maharashtra was led by Com. Mohan Sharma, C.N. Deshmukh, Krishna Bhoyar, Mahesh Jotrao, Chandrasekhar Maurya, B.L.Wankhede, Salauddin Nakade, Bhimashankar Pohekar, Arun Maske, S.M.Farakde, Shrimant Kharmate, B.S.Kale, Abdul Sadiq, Sagar Malge, Samyukt Sachiv of our area, Zonal Secretary and other office bearers.

Your faithfully
Com. Krishna Bhoyar
Secretary General
9930003608



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