Power employees call for pen down strike from tomorrow

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 7: The Power Employees and Engineers Coordination Committee (PEECC) today called for pen down strike from October 9, 2019 against the unilateral move of the Government to operationalise the Corporatisation and unbundling of the department, without involving the employees who as major stake holders are apprehensive of the move of the Government.
In a meeting of PEECC, the participants pointed out that service issues of 31000 plus employees are at stake as Government has failed to assure in terms of a detailed transition plan by publishing the same for the knowledge and perusal of the employees.
“Just like the corporatisation of State Transport Department witnessed the miseries inflicted upon the Government employees deputed to the State Road Transport Corporation for their salaries, gratuity, leave salary, regularisation, the corporatisation into companies of PDD could repeat the same. It will be detrimental to the sources of employment and promotion prospects of youth of the State,” the meet observed.
The employees, while raising slogans against the move of the Government, called for immediate shelving of this corporatisation as this is against the interests of employees, daily wagers, need based employees.
Er Jaipal Sharma, Chairman PEECC, expressed displeasure over the composition of the committee constituted vide Govt order no-164-PDD of 2019, dated-20/09/2019 to prepare a comprehensive proposal for apportionment /reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Department between UT of Jammu and Kashmir and UT of Ladakh. He alleged that members of the committee have been chosen selectively to toe the line of the unilateral move of the Government.
“Only one particular class of people has been chosen to as members of the committee whereas as per official figures, 16141, 10000, 1100 employees belonging to executive cadre and PDL/Need based employees and NPS cadres , respectively in the overall sanctioned strength of 31000 in PDD have been completely neglected and there is no representative from them in the committee,” Jaipal Sharma explained and demanded re-constitution of the committee involving representatives from all cadres of the employees.
Maintaining that PEECC shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that stakeholders are completely safeguarded, the meet appealed all cadres to make the pen down strike successful.


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