Faced with the mounting criticism that its employee costs have been constantly soaring, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is 're-assessing' employee requirements in the generation, transmission and distribution wings and has decided to 'contain the manpower as of now at least for three years with efficiency improvement.'
The state-run power utility has decided to convene a meeting of trade unions and officers' associations at the earliest to discuss the matter in detail and find a comprehensive solution to the issues plaguing the body.
In an order dated April 5, the Kerala State Electricity Board also directed the Chief Engineer (Human Resources Management) to report the vacancies in the board to the Public Service Commission only after getting the approval of the full-time members of the KSEB.
The decisions come in the wake of repeated criticism by the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission that the KSEB was doing little to rein in employee costs.
This being the situation, the KSEB has decided to inform the Commission that a 'work-study' on how to effectively use its employee strength will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode or another reputed agency within a year.
With computerisation effectively being implemented in the KSEB, the view is that several areas have now become redundant and the manpower can be effectively utilised elsewhere. But no steps were taken in this direction. On March 12, the Regulatory Commission had issued specific instructions to the KSEB to provide details of the steps being undertaken to reduce employee costs of the board.
Source - Indian Express