All Manipur Loumi Lup on Friday condemned Prime Minister Modi-led government for introducing the Electricity Amendment Bill, 2022 and demanded the government to withdraw the bill.
Manipur Loumi Lup accused the Modi-led government of attempting to privatise the electricity and power centres, and demanded the government to withdraw the contentious Electricity Amendment Bill, 2022.
It recalled in a release issued by its secretary H Ibobi Singh that after the persistent protest of the farmers' organisation of the nation against the three contentious farm laws, Modi in his Punjab visit on November 16 of 2021 had assured that three new farm laws will be implemented instead of the three contentious laws.
The PM also added that the contentious electricity bill, 2020 will also be reviewed along with the various stakeholders, it added.
Despite his promise, Modi reintroduced the contentious bill as the Electricity Amendment Bill, 2022 without consulting the stakeholders and relevant organisations of different sectors of the nation, including the Electricity Engineers and Employees Association, and Power Grid Supply Workers Union, etc, it added.
Condemning the bill, more than 27 lakh people including many electricity officers and employees union, and technical staff of central and state government establishments demonstrated protests at their headquarters, it informed. Owing to the protests, the bill was handed over to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy, it also mentioned.
“All India Power Engineers Federation leaders had also mentioned that if the electricity bill becomes an act, electricity will become a cosmetic item and the general public will fall into an indescribable state of suffering,” it added.