Erratic power supply and three-day power holiday imposed on industrial sector has robbed nearly 20 lakh contract and casual workers of their jobs
Left Parties in AP, CPI and CPM, held a ‘Chalo Secretariat’ today demanding that the State government should immediately roll back electricity and Fuel Surcharge Adjustment (FSA) charges and prevent frequent power breakdown that had paralysed industries across the State.
CPI leader and AITUC State president PJ Chandrasekhar Rao told Postnoon that lakhs of employees across the State had lost their jobs due to power cuts.
“The government is imposing a three-day power holiday for industrial sector due to shortage of power. This has led to loss of employment for about 20 lakh employees who are working in various industries as contractual, casual workers.
This apart, thousands of domestic and commercial category customers are also facing numerous problems because of these frequent power cuts,” he said. State should immediately purchase power from the North Eastern states and prevent the power crisis. “The State has many alternatives to prevent this crisis. The government must take it seriously and provide uninterrupted power to both industrial and domestic sectors. It can be done by purchasing power from other states,” Rao added.
Coming down heavily on the State government on execution of agreements to operate Merchant Power Projects in the State, the leader alleged that the agreements were designed to help private companies. He said that these agreements are also one of the contributors of present power crisis. The MLAs and MLCs of both left parties participated in the agitation programme. In 2000, during the rule of Telugu Desam Party, a huge agitation programme organised by both the left parties led to police firing and resulted in loss of life.