Power employees’ stir extended till Thursday

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 14: The employees of Power Development Department (PDD) in all districts of Jammu and Kashmir today observed complete `pen down’ strike 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 move of the Government.
Acting on the call of PEECC, the employees voluntarily joined the pen down call expressing resentment on the move of the Government to split the Government department into companies.
The pen down strike along with tool down affected the planned electrification works along with 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.
Jaipal Sharma, chairman PEECC, Sachin, convenor PEECC, Sushma Parihar, general secretary FOJE, Ajaz Kazmi, PPEU leader, Sanjeev Bali president PPEU, Kulbir Singh, secretary EEU, Balbir Singh, president, Draftsman Association, Anil Slathia, Lineman Union, Pawan Gandotra addressed the gathering and expressed their concern about the move.
The PEECC resolved that this pen down stir along with `tools down’ shall continue for three days till Thursday and on Thursday a big rally shall proceed from Panama Chowk PDD office to Divisional Commissioner’s office where after deliberations by the committee members with the Divisional Commissioner further course of action shall be decided as the Government has failed to re-constitute Committee and take all stakeholders into confidence.
It was appealed to the Governor Satya Pal Malik that Power Development Department should be retained as a Government Department and allow this large sector of employment opportunity to grow strongly.