Report received from Com. Krushna Bhoyar, National Secretary, All India Federation of Electricity Employees (AIFEE)
The 11th State Conference of Jharkhand State Electric Supply Workers Union, affiliated to the All India Federation of Electricity Employees, began in Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi on 12 April 2022 under the chairmanship of Com. Baijnath Singh, president of the union, at Engineer Bhavan, Nepal House, 3 Dorla, Ranchi.
The grand conference was inaugurated jointly by Shri K K Verma, Executive Director (Operations) Transmission and Distribution, Com. Mohan Sharma, General Secretary of All India Federation of Electricity Employees, and the president and general secretary of Jharkhand State Electric Supply Workers Union by lighting the lamp.
While congratulating workers on the success of the conference, Executive Director (Operations) KK Verma said that we, employees and officers of the power industry, are the lifeline of common man’s life and we work with full dedication, honesty and alertness. He congratulated everyone. Chief guest Com. Mohan Sharma congratulated the employees of Jharkhand for opposing the privatisation policy of the state and central government by organising a protest day and boycotting work in the entire state during the 2-day strike on 28–29 March. The power industry is going through tough times. The central government is constantly making haste to privatise the entire country’s power industry by bringing the Electricity Amendment Bill 2021. In the Union Territories of Chandigarh, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Pondicherry, the government has started a tyrannical effort to privatise the power sector. In the coming days, the effort to privatise the power sector in the entire country is going to start in full swing.
If an attempt is made to pass the 2021 Bill without discussions with the electricity workers and engineers, then the electricity workers, engineers, officers and contract employees of the whole country will go on an indefinite strike. This decision was taken at the convention.
Union President Com. Baijnath Singh strongly condemned the anti-worker policies of the management in his speech and called for early resolution of all matters of the employees. In the conference, various problems, strengthening of the organisation and future direction will be discussed on 12 and 13 April.
Former General Secretary of Diploma Engineers’ Federation K K Jaiswal addressed the conference and called upon the workers and engineers to unitedly fight against privatisation.