Uttar Pradesh: Power Discom Employees Stage Protest Against Privatisation
The electricity employees proceeded on an indefinite strike in response to a call by UP committee to protest against the privatisation of PVVNL.
On Monday (October 5), 15 lakh electricity workers from Uttar Pradesh went on strike while employees in Deoria have cut off electricity since morning. Angered, they created a ruckus on the road and drove the police away. In Azamgarh, public opposed power workers sitting on a dharna and the police took strict action to remove them off the streets. Meerut too saw protests against the privatisation of electricity along with Barabanki where the public is very angry with the lightning strike, while Mau has had no electricity since hours. Police forces have been deployed to handle the situation as the employees said that if privatisation happens, the common man will hardly get electricity.
Due to the power failure, even water was unavailable which led to agitated people landing on the streets. The power employees proceeded on an indefinite strike from Monday in response to a call given by UP Vidyut Karmachari Sanyukta Sangharsh Samiti to protest against the proposed privatisation of Purvanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), leaving consumers in distress amid long power cuts and supply disruption. Similar protests were held in 22 east UP districts under PVVNL. Congress MP Poonia is said to have supported the strike.
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