Power employees extend strike, meet Divisional Commissioner

PDD employees staging protest near Div Com office in Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
PDD employees staging protest near Div Com office in Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 17: The employees of Power Development Department (PDD) in all districts of Jammu and Kashmir today observed complete pen down, tool down-lock down against the unilateral move of the Government regarding unbundling of the department, without involving the employees who as major stake holders are apprehensive of the Government move.
On the call of PEECC, the employees voluntarily joined the strike, expressing resentment on the move of the Government to split the PDD into companies. The pen down, tool down stir affected the planned electrification works and bill generation, distribution, redressal of consumer grievances in the revenue centers along with the hampering of the information transmission to higher authorities.Click here to watch video

The state IT centres of PDD along with the work in the Divisional offices also remained affected as employees refused to entertain the consumer grievances. However, in order to avoid inconvenience to consumers, the rapid action teams for fault resolutions/maintain of supply were allowed to continue their assignments.
Later, members led by Jaipal Sharma, chairman PEECC, Sachin convenor PEECC, Ajaz Kazmi general secretary PPEU, Sanjeev Bali president PPEU, Kulbir Singh secretary EEU, Balbir Singh, president, Draftsman Association, Anil Slathia,Lineman Union, Manjeet Singh, Tarun Gupta, Pawan Gandotra, HD Singh from Technical employees Federation, Sushma Parihar general secretary FOJE met Divisional Commissioner Jammu on the issue submitting memorandum shared concerns that arise out of the proposed move of the Government and sought his intervention to help the coordination committee to meet Governor Satya Pal Malik. Similarly coordination committee leaders from Kashmir met Divisional Commsioner Kashmir.
The PEECC resolved that this pen down along with tools down shall continue till administration takes measures to involve the stakeholders in the consultative process and re-affirms that before putting anything into implementation proper procedure will be adopted.
They appealed the Governor that Power Development Department should be retained as a Government department and allow this large sector of employment opportunity to grow strongly.