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.