The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has written to the Prime Minister to seek “detailed deliberations” with various stakeholders on the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2021, before submitting it to Parliament.
The federation, in a letter to the prime minister, stressed that the bill should not be rushed to parliament during the pandemic period and that there should be detailed discussions with engineers and employees in the sector. electricity, according to an AIPEF press release.
VK Gupta, a spokesperson for AIPEF, said in the statement that the Energy Ministry released the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 on February 5 only to State Secretaries to the Energy to get the comments sent out within two weeks which was totally insufficient.
This procedure is abnormal and flawed because important stakeholders including engineers and employees in the electricity sector, electricity consumers have been excluded from the opportunity to give their comments, he said.
In addition, even before the two-week deadline expired, it was proposed to hold videoconferences on February 17 to give their opinion on the amendments, he added.
Virtual discussions have also taken place with regulators. The whole exercise to rush this bill is therefore non-transparent, anti-democratic and discriminatory, he said.
The federation raised this question at the very beginning by requesting a six-month delay due to the prevailing pandemic, he added.
As electricity is a competing subject, the exercise of amending the 2003 Electricity Law by excluding key stakeholders is unconstitutional, AIPEF said.
Gupta said the government was trying to speed up the passage of amendments to the Electricity Law of 2003, which would cause considerable damage as a result of hasty decisions without proper analysis and consideration.
The government should review the performance of electric utilities and only after the revised draft electricity amendment bill is put in the public domain for discussion, he urged.
The proposed changes should not be “restricted” to limited stakeholders, but instead, the views of all stakeholders must be taken into account, the body urged. A further increase in the green energy target from 175 GW by 2022 to 450 GW by 2030 must be discussed before finalizing the same to meet international obligations, he added.
It can be mentioned that engineers and employees in the energy sector are busy these days maintaining 24-hour electricity for the agricultural sector and meeting the peak demand of the respective states, the federation said. .
They should have enough time to discuss the scrapped bill after the country returns to normal after the second pandemic wave, he demanded.
The government must not repeat the mistake of trying to rush amendments by ignoring objections, he said.
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