Industrialists, workers take to the streets

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They oppose power cut and power holiday being imposed on industry

in protest mode:Industrialists and workers take out a rally in Vijayawada on Thursday.
in protest mode:Industrialists and workers take out a rally in Vijayawada on Thursday.

Industrialists and workers took out a rally from Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium Complex to SPDCL SE office opposing the power cut and power holiday being imposed on industry, in the city on Thursday.

The rally passed through PWD Grounds, Collector's camp office, State Guest House and culminated as a sit in protest infront of SE office. Later, they submitted a memorandum to SPDCL SE Mohan Krishna urging him to take necessary action to lift the power holiday. CPI(M) city unit extended its support to the agitation.

On the occasion, the speakers rued that the production and employability was steeply sliding due to power holidays. The industry was caught in a catch-22 situation. It, now, neither can downsize the workforce nor pay salaries.

The skilled labour looks for alternative employment if salaries were not paid on the plea of power holiday. The competition from neighbouring states upped the ante, they said.

The State Government boasts of presenting Rs. 1 lakh crore budget. But, it lacked vision with regard to power sector. The government has also utterly failed in power management. It was playing a spectator role when the Reliance was deliberately shrinking gas supply to the State. Neither the government has hold on private power companies.

The bleak scenario would not have arisen had the government had proper planning regarding power generation and purchases, they felt.

CPI(M) city Secretary Ch. Babu Rao, Small scale Industries Federation president D.V. K. Rama Rao, JRD Tata Industrial Association leaders Ramesh and J.S.R.K. Prasad, AP Small Manufacturers Association leader Sai, ATA president G. Nageswara Rao, Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry general secretary Ch. Rama Krishna Prasad, Light Engineering Workshop Association leader K. Venkateswara Rao, AMMA leader Y. Subba Rao and B. Narayana Rao, Clutch and Reebrake Association leaders V. Narasimha Rao and L. Durga Rao, Blacksmith Assocaiton leader V. Sriramulu, Painters Association leader V. Subba Rao, Radiators Assocation leader A. Rehman, Kondapalli Industrial Area Local Authority leader Ramesh, CITU leader M.V. Sudhakar and others spoke.



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