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Functional reorganisation of PSPCL demanded
The functional reorganisation of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has been demanded in a petition filed before Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC). Gurnek Brar, a retired PSEB engineer has filed the petition before the Commission seeking directions for PSPCL to implement the scheme of reorganisation of distribution organisation on functional basis.
It has been claimed that PSPCL has admitted the benefits of functional organisation but is unable to speed up the process while the technical and commercial benefits are thus not being availed and consumer service is a casualty. In the absence of reorganisation it will make it difficult to achieve standards of performance prescribed by Commission, and go against the principle of efficiency, economical use of manpower resources and good performance.

PSPCL has taken a number of steps for curtailing the employee cost, the most worthwhile being nearly total ban on fresh recruitments. The number of employees which were 87066 in 2001-2002 have reduced to 48611 in 2012-13 whereas no. of connections have increased from 38 lac to 80 lac. Being a government company, PSPCL has to inherit the liability towards employee salaries and pensions under the transfer scheme.

A core group of distribution engineers had suggested a new model of distribution setup to improve its efficiency and other allied benefits. A pilot project for the city areas was rolled out successfully in Patiala city in August, 2010 and a rural model was rolled out in November, 2010 in Nabha division.

PSPCL approved to reorganise the present distribution setup on functional basis in December 2010 but during the last two years only 18 out 100 divisions have been reorganised on functional basis.

PSPCL in its tariff petition filed before the Commission in November 2013 has claimed that after getting encouraging from the new model it has been planned to be rolled out in the entire State within 2 years Existing staff will be re-deployed on functional basis for urban areas to handle technical and commercial functions separately. Project does not involve any additional financial liability and only involves re-deployment of existing staff.

PSPCL has been delaying the process of functional reorganisation, the board is suffering loss by way of not availing the savings in manpower and the consumers are being made to suffer since the benefits of improved technical performance and commercial dealings are not being made available to the consumers.

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