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PSEBEA - Promoters of PSEB Unbundling to stage protests in June

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PunjabPSEBEA who had supported the unbundling of PSEB is now compelled to stage protests against the State Government. HS Bedi President of PSEB Engineers Association said that the Association has served an agitation notice to the state government and the managements of PSPCL and PSTCL conveying their decision to hold zonal protest marches on June 2 at Bathinda on June 14 at Jalandhar and on June 28 at Patiala. After the march the engineers will hand over a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner.

Bedi alleged that the state government had failed to implement the tripartite agreement, which was signed between Punjab government, management of Power companies and various trade unions/association at the time of unbundling of the erstwhile PSEB. Now the Government has decided to recruit engineers on three years contract basis and the association has been opposing this.

After getting no response from the SAD-BJP Government regarding theirlong-pending demands, the engineers working in the Punjab State PowerCorporation Limited (PSPCL) and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) have announced the schedule for a series of the protest demonstrations.Strongly condemning the directive of the state government to the PSPCL/PSTCL to recruit assistant engineers on contract basis, Bedi said, "Recruitments will be made for three years on fixed monthlysalary, which will be less than half of the salary of a regular employee of the same category and that, too, without any annual hike or other admissible allowances."

The Government has failed to bring at least one thermal plant in state sector despite assurances given by political leaders. All the new thermal plants have been given to private sector parties. Gidderwaha has been given to NTPC. With the commissioning of all the future thermal projects under the private/central sector, the state's share in the generation capacity would come to 15 per cent from the present share of 50 percent. This would jeopardize the state's control on generation schedules, Bedi said.

The cash starved PSPCL/PSTCL is using employees GPF and other deductions from salary are being used by the companies instead of crediting to employees accounts.

Source- Punjab Newsline


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