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BHOPAL: Unfulfilled demands of power employees are leading towards blackout in the coming months. The power employees’ forum has decided to go on for a complete strike from April 1 in its three-stage protest. The Madhya Pradesh United Forum for Power Employees and Engineers has been demanding the government to stop privatization of power distribution companies for quite long. “After receiving no response from the government, we have decided to start a protest in three stages, so that it acts as a warning bell for the government but leaves the consumers unaffected,” said state convener, VKS Parihar.

The power employees will go on a one day strike on April 6. However, employees on duty in emergency services, transmission and operations will do their duty. In the second stage, employees will go on a three day strike from April 22 to 24. On April 22 all kinds of official work will be boycotted. Next day, besides the boycott of official work, all work related to maintenance will not be done. All employees will switch off their official mobile phones as well. On April 24, employees will boycott shift duty at sub-stations for 24 hours besides other official works and maintenance.

If there is no response from the government on demands of power employees then all employees will go on a total indefinite strike from Labour Day, that is May 1. Power employees have been demanding that the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 should be recalled immediately and the Standard Bidding Document should be scrapped.

They are against the proposed privatization of power distribution companies to franchisees and private licensees. The demand of employees include resuming old pension scheme and to do away with new one. One of their major demands is to regularize the contractual and outsourced employees.  

Stage-wise strike plan

  • April 6: Employees on day-long strike but emergency services, transmission and operations will not be affected.

  • April 22:  Employees to boycott all official work

  • April 23: No official works and maintenance, employees to switch off their official mobile phones

  • April 24:  Employees to boycott shift duty at sub-stations for 24 hours besides other official works and maintenance.

  • May 1: Total indefinite strike from Labour Day

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