Power employees, engineers give work boycott call from Dec 18

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 11: Power Employees and Engineers under the banner of JKPEECC an amalgam comprising of various Unions of PDD led by Er Sachin Tickoo (general secretary JKEEGA) and convener PEECC Jammu Er Jaipal Sharma, held a meeting here today during which they resented formation of a joint venture (JV) company namely JK Grid Company Limited with constituents JKPTCL and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.
The coordination committee deliberated the modalities of the company being incorporated and strongly resented the move of the Government not taking the employee representatives on board. The members termed this decision as a unilateral and a brazen injustice with the employee’s future career prospects.
“The formation of Joint Venture Company “JK Grid Company” in haste without discussing the modalities of each and every clause with the employee representatives under the banner of JKPEECC shall not be acceptable to the employees across Power Development Department and this move shall be opposed tooth and nail. The trust deficit between the employees and the government on this issue has further increased due to the unilateral approach adopted by the Government,” they added.
All the members made a fervent appeal to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Principal Secretary PDD that such decision should be put on hold and talks with the coordination committee should be initiated to deliberate on the issue to dispel the apprehensions of employees.
“The coordination committee shall be forced to proceed on UT level Work Boycott Call on the issue from December 18 if such draft agreement is not withdrawn on immediate basis and talks are held on the subject in cordial manner at an earliest,” they added.
A similar meeting held under the leadership of Er Munshi Majid Ali (president JKEEGA) in Kashmir region decided on the same agitational programme.