SRINAGAR A large number of employees associated with the J&K Central Non-Gazetted Electrical Employees Union (JKCNGEEU) Wednesday staged a protest at Press Enclave Srinagar against the privatization of the Power Development Department (PDD). The employees also protested the delay in the release of long pending wages of daily wagers and regularization of their service.
They employees and daily rated workers assembled at Press Enclave and shouted slogans in favour of their demands. The protesting employees and workers said that the PDD was reorganized in the year 1981 and since then a huge augmentation has been made to the infrastructure by way of construction of a large number of grid stations, receiving station and laying of transmission lines. The employees further said that the manpower required for smooth maintenance of the huge infrastructure has not been provided and no attempt to create the adequate posts for the required manpower has been made by the competent authorities even after repeated requests, which has resulted in an acute dearth of staff in the department to look after the huge infrastructure. They said that the dearth of the staff was so acute that a lineman has to look after 10-15 sub stations along with the HT/LT transmission lines which has affected the smooth electric supply.
The Electric Employees Union also demanded the measures for containing price-rise as well as unemployment through concrete measures like strict enforcement of all basic labour laws and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
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