PDD workers union upset over MD JPDCL’s remarks

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 17: J&K PDL/TDL and other workers union has expressed its disappointment upon hearing the statements made by MD JPDCL, Shiv Anant Tayal, regarding the outsourcing of JPDCL and engagement of linemen on a contract basis.
The union viewed this as a deliberate attempt to disassociate from the departmental linemen, PDLs, and TDLs who have sacrificed their lives and suffered injuries while performing their duties. They considered the MD’s remarks as irresponsible and lacking an understanding of the repercussions of such a move.
The union firmly believes that the higher authorities do not consent to such an irresponsible statement made by the MD. They hoped that the authorities understand the consequences and the impact it will have on the lives of PDLs who have been awaiting regularization.
The union pointed out that the same officer had previously entered into an agreement with JKPEECC on behalf of the government during the 2021 strike.
The union said that during the negotiations between the UT Government, represented by then Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langar, ADGP Jammu, Mukesh Singh, and MD JPDCL, Shiv Anant Tayal, multiple rounds were conducted with the representatives of JKPEECC unions, Sachin Tickoo and Jaipal Sharma.
The agreement signed by JKPEECC will be strongly opposed by the signatory union against any move to outsource or contract labor within the department, it said in a statment.
The union expressed resentment over the fact that instead of expediting the regularization process for PDLs, such irresponsible statements have been made by the representatives, despite promises of regularization during the unbundling of the department.
Akhil Sharma, President of JKPDL, TDL, and other workers union, wants to draw the attention of the LG administration and JPDCL management to their earnest request.
They demanded the immediate revocation of the decision/order to hire 80-100 linemen on a contract basis in each sub-division, which they consider to be a grave injustice.
The union warned that if their demands are not met within six days, they will occupy roads and streets, holding the LG administration accountable for any consequences that may arise.