Ahead of Winter, PDD Workers Threaten Strike If Demands Not Met

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Srinagar: Hundreds of permanent and temporary daily labourers of Kashmir Power Development Corporation Limited, formerly a department known as PDD, continue to protest against denial of regularisation and release of wages.

Hundreds of PDL and TDL workers protested in Srinagar and Anantnag, shouting slogans in favour of their demands.

The protesters said PDL and TDL workers climbed electric poles even during snowfall, ensured power supply across Jammu and Kashmir and at times got killed due to electrocution while repairing wires.

Adheer Wani, spokesperson of the PDL/TDL worker’s union, said despite working day and night, their files have been lying in the secretariat since last year.

Adheer said some files were still stuck in the division offices and weren't being forwarded to higher ups due to unknown reasons.

“DPC files have been completed three years but are still lying either in offices of executive engineers or chief engineer. No permanent orders are being issued in this regard,” he said.

Adheer said higher authorities were deliberately “delaying our issues which include issuance of regularization orders, submission of pending files to those who have already completed five years and release of pending wages.”

“If our demands aren't fulfilled immediately, they will go on indefinite strike. It is a do or die situation for us and till fruitful results won't come forward, we won't end our protest,” he said.

Adheer said the administration must issue regularization orders in favour of employees whose DPC files have been completed and pending wages be released.

He also demanded that wages of deceased workers be released to their kin while pending files be forwarded to higher ups and compensation be given to the persons who have died in line of duty.

Adheer said SRO 43 must also be implemented in favour of workers who die on duty.

The PDL/TDL workers union also requested Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to intervene.

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