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OPPOSITION to the proposed Electricity Bill 2001, call for simplification of procedures to obtain electricity connection to residences and for measures to avoid unannounced power cuts are some of the resolutions adopted at the 11th annual conference of the Central Organisation of Tamil Nadu Electricity Employees (COTEE) which concluded recently.

According to a press release from COTEE, the Electricity Bill 2001 envisaged privatisation of the State electricity boards and an independent authority to fix power tariffs.

Experiments in this direction by various State Governments had resulted in high power tariffs, the organisation said.

The Tamil Nadu Government should take up the issue with the Centre to ensure that the proposed Bill is not enacted.

COTEE further expressed concern over, what it describes as, the State Government's inaction in arranging for additional power supply from neighbouring States and Central power utilities.

The poor monsoon has resulted in low generation from the hydroelectric facilities.

This has resulted in unannounced power cuts throughout the State, it said.

Through another resolution, the organisation urged the State Government to simplify the procedures for power connections.

It also sought regularisation of more than 25,000 contract workers.

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