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JSEB staff plan indefinite strike from Nov 6 against franchisee model

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JharkhandThe Jharkhand state is likely to plunge into darkness with 7,000-odd employees of the Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) planning to go on indefinite strike from November 6 to protest against the state government's proposal to introduce franchise system and press for their 10-point charter. Ram Krishna Singh, state general secretary of Jharkhand Rajya Bijli Kamgar union, said the 7,000-odd employees of the state power body would not accept the proposal to transfer maintenance, meter-reading and billing works to franchisees till the government guarantees their services or gives them voluntary retirement option.

Talking to mediapersons after meeting JSEB employees  on 03-11-2012, Singh said the state's plan to hand over different power division to franchisees was aimed at benefiting private companies.

JSEB's revenue has gone up to Rs 210 crore from Rs 70 crore and the loan loss has come down to 25 per cent from 40 per cent, said Singh.

According to the proposal, the board will purchase power and supply it to the franchisee at a lower rate. This company, in turn, will get a 20 per cent commission on the revenue collected by the board. The franchisee company will get commission for maintenance, meter reading and billing separately, causing a huge loss to the board, Singh added.

The JSEB employees' demand also includes promotion of Grade IV employees to Grade III, regularization of services of 194 employees who were reverted to lower grade, payment of 30 per cent more salary than state government employees.

Source- TOI


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