Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, September 16
The Telangana Legislative Assembly on Wednesday unanimously adopted a decision opposing the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 that’s more likely to be launched by the NDA Government within the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament.
The decision was moved by the chief of the House and Chief Minister Okay Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR), who mentioned the Bill, would put the lives of farmers within the state at peril and destroy the agriculture economic system.
“The Bill in its present form is dangerous. The Centre has sent us a draft and I have discussed the provisions of the Bill and wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to withdraw the proposal. As I understand, the Centre will go ahead and introduce the Bill in the present Parliament session itself,” KCR mentioned on the ground of the House.
The Telangana State Assembly has requested the Central authorities to withdraw the “draconian Bill which is against the federal spirit envisaged by the Constitution and is aimed at usurping powers of the states”.
KCR mentioned the proposed modification to the Electricity Act of 2003 was drafted in a method that was detrimental to the pursuits of farmers.
“Through this resolution, the Telangana Assembly demands the Centre not to impose the Act on the people of the nation and immediately withdraw the proposed Bill,” mentioned the Chief Minister.
“While the Centre is trying to put the entire power sector in the hands of the private sector, I have been insisting that only the government will run the Bhadradri and Yadadri power plants,” he mentioned.
“The logic is simple, if the government runs the units, then we can give subsidies to farmers, the poor, we can plough back the earnings into the state’s economy and give more jobs. But a private company will just reap the benefits and leave,” KCR added.
He additionally introduced that the Telangana Government had accepted the demand of the folks to current the electrical energy payments for the lockdown interval on a month-to-month foundation and never current a invoice in combination.
“I have instructed the state power distribution companies to divide the electricity bills covering the entire lockdown period month-wise to save the consumers from paying inflated bills,” he introduced.
Paying tributes to those that misplaced their lives within the Srisailam Left Bank Hydro Electric Station hearth accident on August 20, the Chief Minister mentioned 9 folks sacrificed their lives to save lots of the unit from additional harm.
“Their sacrifice was ultimate and I have instructed the Energy Minister to help the bereaved families in all aspects. A CID inquiry has been ordered and the department is also looking into the reasons for the accident,” he mentioned.