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Punjab to recruit AEs on 3 year contract - PSEBEA in a fix

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PunjabPSEB Engineers' association who had openly supported unbundling of PSEB is now in a fix. They are compelled to criticise and decided to oppose the move of the Punjab power companies and state government to recruit fresh assistant engineers on contract basis for 3 years instead of making recruitment on regular basis.PSEBEA also alleged the state government by handing over all future generating plants to private companies has already abrogated its responsibility to provide cheap and affordable power to the consumers in the coming years. All other states in the country are adding generation through state as well as private sector. Also by ignoring Financial restructuring and helping the power companies financially at the time of unbundling of PSEB, the state government has made Powercom a financially bankrupt company with cumulative losses likely to exceed Rs. 12000 crore.

The PSEBEA alleged the power companies could attract best talent only through regular recruitment. PSEB Engineers Association has decided to oppose he move tooth and nail to protect the long term interests of the power sector in the state. Association has convened an emergency meeting of its core committee to chalk out Protest action to highlight the wrong policies of the power companies and the state government.

"Power Sector is highly capital and technology intensive industry, which requires highly trained and competent engineering cadre. The knowledge acquired in the academic institutions is not adequate for the Operation & Maintenance requirements of the Power Sector.

These fresh engineers require grooming to take up the challenging tasks of manning the power industry. Induction level training is a must for them as per Power Sector requirements" said association president H S Bedi.

"It appears that intention is not to recruit best talent keeping in view the long term interests of the power companies but to address the political compulsion of the election year to give employment to few individuals," alleged Bedi.

Engineers further alleged they don't understand how engineers recruited on contract basis will be imparted such extensive and expensive training by the companies as they will not be bound to serve the companies after expiry of contract period.

"To educate the public regarding wrong policies of government we would organise various seminars, group discussions and protest marches in the coming months," said general secretary Bhupinder singh.

Source- Times of India


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