Employees observe pen down strike against PDD unbundling

PDD employees during a protest in Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
PDD employees during a protest in Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 9: Employees of Power Development Department (PDD) across the State, today observed pen down strike against the move of the Government to operationalise the unbundling of the department.
In a handout, All J&K Power Employees and Engineers Coordination Committee (PEECC) stated that the Government even avoided taking PDD employees into confidence while going for unbundling of the department.
“Acting on the call of PEECC, the employees voluntarily joined pen down strike expressing resentment against the Government to split the Government department into companies,” leaders of PEECC claimed. The handout further stated that the pen down strike affected bill generation, distribution, redressal of consumer grievances in the revenue centres along with the hampering of information transmission to higher authorities.
Chairman PEECC Jaipal Sharma said: “In order to avoid inconvenience to consumers, the rapid action teams for fault resolutions and maintenance of supply were allowed to continue their assignments.”
Later members PEECC led by Jaipal Sharma, Sachin, Convenor PEECC, Sushma Parihar, General Secretary FoJE and others highlighted the issues arising out of alleged non-transparency in unbundling.
The protesting employees claimed that services issue of 31000 plus employees is at stake as the Government avoided detailed transition plan for unbundling.
The PEECC resolved that pen down strike shall continue for three days after which new action plan shall be given.
Protesters appealed to the Governor Satya Pal Malik that PDD should be retained as a Government department.


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