JAMMU, Aug 7: The Jammu and Kashmir Electrical Engineering Graduates Association (JKEEGA) under chairmanship of Sachin Tickoo, president JKEEGA along with Peerzada Hidayatullah general secretary, Ashok Kumar Dubey, senior vice-president, Yash Paul provincial secretary today called on Principal Secretary, Power Development Department, Niteshwar Kumar at Raj Bhawan here in Jammu and projected their issues.
The delegation apprised the Principal Secretary of the burning issues confronting the fraternity and sought their redressal. While acknowledging the fact that a lot work has been done by the Administrative Department, Tickoo raised the issue of hundreds of vacant positions at all levels from JE to ED levels and brought to his notice that executive Director level 3 posts, CE level 4, SE-17, XEn- 25, AEE-110, AE-200, JE-350 are lying vacant and despite several proposal of JE to AE and AE to AEE sent by Department to GAD for placing for approval of Chief Secretary are yet to get the nod.
Further the proposals of XENs, SEs, CEs/EDs were also sought to be expedited so that those engineers who are eligible and awaiting their promotion opportunity are not deprived from same. The members also highlighted the fact that regularization of engineers which was promised to be completed within two months, needs to be expedited as it has been three years now waiting for the moment.
While expressing that step motherly treatment has been meted out with the Engineering Departments in J&K even though same cabinet which had approved the ACP in favour of the Gazetted Police and JKAS services had approved same in 2018 for Gazetted Engineer, but the formal order in this regard is still awaited in favour of engineers since then. They also sought that the Gazetted Service Recruitment Rules in PDD should be notified. They also pointed out that the transfer portal which had been announced in March 2022, is yet to be operational and the grievances of the engineers on this should be addressed at an earliest.
Members strongly opposed that the implementation of RDSS works through CPSEs like PGCIL/REC given the strength of our work force and an opportunity to expand and consolidate our position in distribution business, we can’t let our PDD works be given to the CPSEs and vacant posts must be filled up urgently to strengthen PDD.
The Principal Secretary listened to the issues very patiently and also gave spot instructions to officers to get speedy disposal of the pending issues.