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Haryana Power Engineers Association holds protest meeting
Haryana Power Engineers Association held a protest meeting and demanded early settlement of their long pending demands. The meeting was attended by more than 300 engineers of all the ranks.

K.D. Bansal President of the Association said that the engineers have been forced to protest as state Government is not listening to their problems for the last one year despite having meetings with various authorities including Chief Secretary (Power).

The meeting demanded immediate reinstatement of 7 engineers of Faridabad circle who were suspended 14 months ago. "The management has also failed to give 90 per cent of their pay after suspension period of 12 months as per rules. The management should utilize their services pending completion of ongoing enquiry," said the protesting engineer.

Assistant engineers of utilities are lowest paid employees of country in this category. The committee constituted to review the pay anomalies demand has already given its recommendations on June 10 this year but no further action has been taken in this regard. 

There is no separate pay scale of assistant executive engineers, which is a promotional post after assistant engineer and increments due at the time of promotion is minimum bare requirement.

 

No cadre review of posts has been done for the last two decades despite increase in work load several times and the consumers are suffering for want of proper attention. Similarly the work under right to service cannot be done in a time bound manner due to staff shortage and the Association demands proper infrastructure before implementation of the scheme.

The power utilities are planning to give power distribution of two cities on franchisee basis to private parties. In view of failure of franchisee in three cities of Maharashtra and Uttar Pardesh, the state government should not move forward to privatise the power sector.

(VK Gupta is spokesperson of All India Power Engineers Federation)

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