Power employees’ tool down stir enters 2nd day

PDD employees protesting in Jammu on Sunday.
PDD employees protesting in Jammu on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 13: The employees of Power Development Department in all districts of Jammu and Kashmir observed ‘complete tools down’ strike on the second day today 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 move of the Government.
Acting on the call of PEECC, the workers observed tools down and abstained from work expressing resentment on the move of the Government to split the Government Department into companies.
The tools down affected the planned works which couldn’t be taken up in view of call and pen down has 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.
The Power Employees and Engineers Coordination Committee expressed hope that administration will step in and assure the employees that proposed move of unbundling shall be deferred till a wide spread consultative process with stakeholders is completed. On Tuesday meeting of the PEECC shall be held after which new action plan shall be chalked out, a PEECC spokesman said.
They appealed the Governor Satya Pal Malik to retain Power Development Department as a Government department and allow this large sector of employment opportunity to grow strongly.