Power employees project demands, to hold black badge protest tomorrow

A leader of Power employees addressing a press conference at Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
A leader of Power employees addressing a press conference at Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 13: Power Employees and Engineers Coordination Committee (PEECC) projected their demands in a press conference organized here today and announced that all the Power employees across the UT will protest on September 15 by wearing black badges.
Addressing the media persons at Press Club, Sachin Tickoo (general secretary JKEEGA and convener PEECC Jammu), strongly highlighted the plight that the current sitting Managing Directors/Chief Engineers/Superintending Engineers are all Assistant Engineers and most of the sitting Executive Engineers are Junior Engineers in substantive capacity and are only officiating the higher assignments in –charge capacity with no emoluments of the higher positions.

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Tickoo said the regularization in PDD is pending since 2001. “There is a backlog of 200 retired Engineers whose proposals had been sent to the establishment committee in the first instance, ultimately which has been returned with observations on account of non-availability of fresh vigilance clearances in respect of these retirees who have retired as early as 2001,” he said, adding, the process of regularization had been directed by SAC to be completed within two months from 22.10.2019, however despite lapse of nearly two years not even a single regularization order of engineers has been issued.
Jaipal Sharma (president DEA and chairman PEECC Jammu) said there is no assured career progression for Gazetted Engineers serving in different departments in J&K even though same cabinet had approved the ACP in favour of Gazetted Engineers as also for the Gazetted Police and JKAS services in 2018. Sharma decried that the Fixed Travel allowance in favour of Junior Engineers is Rs 30 per month which was fixed some 40 years back but despite raising the issue at all levels of the administration none has paid any heed to this basic need.
He said despite vacancy of nearly 400 Junior Engineers against the sanctioned strength of 1200 that was fixed way back in 1981, no recruitment has taken place since last five years. Moreover, the daily wagers of 1998 are still awaiting regularization, even though they have fulfilled all the criteria of DPCs as per the SRO-381 OF 1981 applicable to Power Development Department.
Ashok Kumar Dubey (vice-president JKEEGA), Sanjeev Bali (president PPEU) and many others were also present.