Andhra Pradesh Electricity Employees agitates against privatisation policies

Monday, 27 October 2008 00:00 administrator
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Andhra Pradesh Electricity Employees Union (APEEU) is planning to go on a phase-wise agitationThe Andhra Pradesh Electricity Employees Union (APEEU) is planning to go on a phase-wise agitation according to state general secretary, K Satyanarayana Rao. He said the Government trifurcated the electricity department into Transco, Genco and DISCOM ten years ago in the name of reforms.

The condition of the employees never improved after unbundling. ``The number of consumers have doubled, the number of distribution transformers have been tripled and the revenue has touched Rs 15,000 crore, but the number of employees have come down to 54,000 from 75,000,’’ he observed.

The Government has privatised key jobs like functioning of sub-stations, metre reading, spot billing, collection of bills and consumer accounts. While the Government was paying hefty amounts to the contractors, the latter were paying a pittance to the contract labour, he said adding that there was no coordination between the contract labour and regular employees.

The regular workers were being made scapegoats to the errors of contract workers, Satyanarayana Rao alleged adding that the directors appointed on contract were paying little attention to the demands of employees. He demanded that all their long-pending demands be solved.

The course of the agitation would include rallies and gate meetings in front of all circles under generating stations on October 24, dharna on October 30 in front of distribution companies, indefinite fast from November 5, `Chalo Vidyut Soudha’ programme on November 10 and finally indefinite state-wide strike from November 13.