CEBEU sees ominous side of proposed changes to Electricity Act

By Ifham Nizam

The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) yesterday expressed concern about the Bill gazetted on April 29, 2022, to amend the Sri Lanka Electricity Act No. 20 of 2009.

The CEBEU said the Bill would be tabled in Parliament on June 09, 2022.

CEBEU Joint Front Representative Isuru Kasthurirathna told The Island that they had informed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Sajith Premadasa and Members of Parliament of their opposition to the Bill.

“We have requested all stakeholders to prevent the passage of amendments to the Sri Lanka Electricity Act,” Kasthurirathna said.

Power and energy sector was a more technically oriented field and was of highly importance in economic terms as it dealt with multi-billion rupee financial transactions. Thus, the basic concept of the Sri Lanka Electricity Act No. 20 of 2009 has been to procure electricity through competitive bidding only, to secure the lowest priced electricity through competition, to control its impact on the national economy properly, the CEBEU pointed out.

The Island – 07-06-2022

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