Fifteen lakh electricity department employees including junior engineers, sub-divisional officers, executive engineers and superintending engineers are on a day-long boycott of work today to oppose the proposal of privatisation of power distribution company Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited. In case the central government does not take back its decision, the boycott would be extended for an indefinite period, they warned.
The district convener of Vidhyut Karamchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti Avdhesh Kumar told on Sunday that the central government is bent upon privatising the power sector. The protest is to be held from today morning to evening and would continue till the demand is not fulfilled.
“The privatisation of the power sector remained unsuccessful in Orissa, Delhi, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Jalgaon, Ujjain, Gwalior, Bhagalpur, Gaya and Muzaffarpur including other places of the country. Privatisation is against the masses because electricity would become costlier. Only business houses would be benefitted. Almost all associations of engineers would participate in the protest,” Kumar said.