JAMMU, Sept 4: The employees of Power Development Department Transmission Line Maintenance Division Udhampur along with employee unions of PDD, met Advisor B B Vyas here today and expressed strong resentment over the lackluster approach of the PDD in addressing issue of non drawal of salary for all categories of employees of TLMD-Udhampur, since last four months.
The employees, led by Er Sachin Tickoo, Convenor Forum of Engineers, Er Jaipal Sharma, DEA, Ajaz Kazmi, general secretary PPEU, Sanjeev Bali, president PPEU, Jasbir Singh, president ITI Employees Association, Tarun Gupta and Anil Slathia, urged the Advisor to intervene and give immediate instructions for strong pleading in the Court for getting the salary head detached.
It is pertinent to mention here that due to dispute between the Contractor M/S KEC and PDD, the poor employees have had to suffer because salaries couldn’t be disbursed as the Court has attached the CD-Account of the Executive Engineer in a case titled M/S KEC vs PDD. In this particular case, the court had awarded interim relief to the M/s KEC ,but the department having failed to fulfil the conditions set by the court has put the employees to utter starvation.
Employees expressed sheer dismay over the poor response of the department to sort out the matter and take appropriate measures to get the salary head opened by pleading amicably in the court through Senior Counsels.
The employees appealed to the Government to take appropriate measures sensing the gravity of the situation as nearly 250- regular employees and many need based and daily wagers are also without salary/wages from months together.
The employees urged Mr Vyas to prevail upon the department to take appropriate measures as they deem fit considering the fact that account of the Division be got detached or any alternative measure be adopted under law so that salary is drawn in favour of the employees who have been facing severe financial crisis.
They also threatened to come on streets along with their families, besides disrupting power supply if salary is not released in the ensuing week.
On the assurance of the Advisor, the employees decided to call off the proposed protest and hoped that in the ensuing week the salary issue shall be resolved.