Power employees observe pen down strike on 2nd day

PDD employees protesting in Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
PDD employees protesting in Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 10: The employees of Power Development Department (PDD) in all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir on the second consecutive day today, observed ‘complete pen down ‘ strike against the unilateral move of the Government to operationalise the unbundling of the department, without involving the employees who as major stake holders are apprehensive of the Government move.

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On the call given by Power Employees and Engineers Coordination Committee (PEECC), the employees voluntarily joined in the pen down strike expressing resentment on the move of the Government to split the Government department into companies.
The ‘pen- down’ affected the bill generation, distribution, redressal of consumer grievances in the revenue centers along with the hampering of the information transmission to higher authorities. 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 pertaining to the bills and abstained from any official work in offices. 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, Jasbir Singh, president ITI, Gurmeet Singh, president Central Non- Gazetted Employees Union, PC Sharma, president PEEU, HD Singh, Technical Employees Federation, Kulbir Singh, Secretary EEU, Balbir Singh, president, Draftsman Association,Anil Slathia, Linemen Union, Tarun Gupta, PDD Daily Wagers/Need Based Employees Union while addressing employees raised strongly the service issues arising out of non- transparency in unbundling.
It is pertinent to mention here that service issues of 31000 plus employees is at stake as Government has failed to assure in terms of a detailed transition plan. 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 as Government has failed to conduct DPC, resolve pay anomalies of all cadres. The daily wagers and need based employees who have served for more than 20 years have been awaiting regularisation.
The Govt needs to assure in the transition plan document in writing on the terminal benefits like payment of gratuity in one go, leave salary, pension, DA, SRO- 43, Medical benefits and annual increments, promotional prospects, adherence to seniority rules, benefits of Pay Commissions accruing to a Government servants of all categories shall be paid on immediate basis at par with the other regular Government departments.
The PEECC resolved that pen down strike shall continue tomorrow as well after which new action plan shall be worked out after deliberations by the committee members.