Power distribution, generation and transmission were affected in Andhra Pradesh on 25-05-2014, after electricity employees went on strike demanding wage hike.Employees of power generation and transmission corporations as well as distribution companies began their strike on Sunday to press for implementation of a wage revision, which was 'due'. They held protests at offices of power utilities at different locations across the state.
Power generation at the Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station in Vijayawada came down by 50 per cent today due to the strike, its Chief Engineer J Sammayya said.
Meanwhile, AP Chief Secretary P K Mohanty appealed to employees to call off their strike, since new governments would be constituted in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
"We have given it careful thought. The burden of pay revision would be to the tune of Rs 1,280 crore. So, we have requested our employees to wait for a few days, since the files would be sent to the newly-elected governments which would come into existence after June 2," Mohanty said.
"The strike will affect hospitals, railways as well as agriculture. I appeal to employees that this is not the time. Elected governments have come. It is not proper for us to take a decision now. We will discuss it with them. Just wait for a few days," he told reporters.
TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu who is set to be the chief minister of (new) Andhra Pradesh, also appealed to electricity employees to call off their strike in view of public inconvenience.
"The new government would consult the employees after taking office. The views of employees would be examined sympathetically and our government hopes to arrive at an appropriate solution," Naidu said in a release issued on Sunday.
The state government also said in a release that the last pay revision for power sector employees was done in April 2010 and the next pay revision was due on April 2014. Pay revision is done once in five years in Andhra Pradesh. The pay revision committee, which was constituted this year in February, had submitted its report in March. But since the Model Code of Conduct was in force for the elections, special permission was obtained from the Election Commission to discuss the matter and discussions were held on May 17. At the government level, the concerned file was moved on May 21.
However, it was felt that leaving the matter to elected state governments in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh would be appropriate, since pay revision would involve a burden of about Rs 1,250 crore.
Due to these factors, the government has appealed to the Andhra Pradesh Power Employees' Joint Action Committee not to continue with its strike, the release said.
Source- Deccan Chronicle