PDD Employees Protest Department’s Privatisation

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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