15 Lakh Govt Employees On Strike Against Selling UP Power Discom To Private Firms
In response to a call given by the UP Vidyut Karmchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti to protest against the proposed privatization of the Varanasi discom, the employees in the power department of the Uttar Pradesh government began an indefinite complete work boycott from Monday.
Boycott Against Privatization
In the same regards, fifteen lakh electricity department employees including junior engineers, sub-divisional officers, executive engineers and superintending engineers will be protesting for the cause.
Further, they are planning to extend the boycott for an indefinite period, if the central government does not take back its decision.
At the same time, the government said that they had made all the preparations to deal with the expected agitation.
The district convener of Vidhyut Karamchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti Avdhesh Kumar said, “the privatization of the power sector remained unsuccessful in Orissa, Delhi, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Jalgaon, Ujjain, Gwalior, Bhagalpur, Gaya and Muzaffarpur including other places of the country. Privatization 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,”.
Meanwhile, the district administration has come up with a plan to address any problem related to the power supply.
As informed by Ghaziabad DM Ajay Shankar Pandey, further adding that 24 hours uninterrupted supply would be ensured at any cost.
For implementing this plan, the district has been divided into six zones with deputy collectors along with technical officers deployed to observe the situation in all 149 electricity sub-stations and 22 distribution stations.
Apart from this, the additional district magistrate (ADM) city and ADM (executive) officials would also be monitoring the situation in the city and rural areas, respectively.
In addition to that, Police have also been alerted to check any untoward situation at all the sub-stations of the district.
Along with that, the district’s chief development officer (CDO) has been appointed as the nodal official to keep a watch on the whole district during this protest.
Moreover, the state government is firm on its stand on the issuing and has also warned of strict action against protestors if in case they tried to disrupt power supply.
How Does Privatization Help?
Basically, privatization can reduce the size of government which will result in fewer government workers and fewer people supporting a larger role for government means.
Which ultimately will have a less of a drain on the nation’s budget and overall economic efficiency.
This also makes organizations learn to work independently without any support from the government and will help in using taxpayer’s money for better growth in the economy.
So why resist, it should be embraced and encouraged by the masses.