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Bifurcation issues still haunts AP and Telangana power sector

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TelenganaBifurcation of electricity employees between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is still a bone of contention and is leading to frequent agitations. While a legal battle is going on in the high court, an effort to settle the issue by a Supreme Court-appointed committee has also failed to find an amicable solution.
A couple of days ago, Telangana electricity employees launched a strike in the Telangana Southern Distribution Company Limited (SPDCL) office after promotions of over 300 employees were revoked. The promotions were given as per the high court orders, but later some employees who were relieved from service challenged this. Finally on Saturday, they called off their strike following an assurance from chairman and managing director of Telangana Transco and Genco, D Prabhakar Rao, that their interests will be protected.

"The Telangana government is ready for talks, but the AP government is unwilling to take back the 1,150 employees who are ready to work in AP ," Rao said.

The Telangana power utilities have been paying about Rs 10-12crore a month as salaries to these employees. However, while the 'Andhra' employees are getting salaries, they have not been allowed to do any work. According to sources, T Transco may have paid a total of `200 crore as salaries and other benefits to these employees till date.

"We do not work under Andhra native employees anymore. Our engineers work extra hours and are showing good results in generating more power," president of Telangana Electricity Engineers Association, M Shivaji, told TOI.
The issue of bifurcation of electricity employees started two years ago when the Telangana power utilities relieved about 1,157 employees from Genco, Transco and discoms on June 10, 2015. When the employees approached the high court, it initially asked both the states to pay the salaries in 52:48 ratio. But the Supreme Court in April 2016 directed the Telangana government to pay the full salary of all employees till the disposal of the case. It had also asked the HC to dispose of the case within two months. Official sources said the HC is expected to take up hearings.


Source- TOI


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