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PSEB Engineers Association withdraws agitation
PSEB Engineers' Association has withdrawn the ongoing agitation after it received positive response from the Punjab Government towards their demands. The executive committee in its meeting held yesterday took the above decision after Sukhhbir Singh Badal Power Minister invited the Association to discuss their issues on July 7 . It may be mentioned that engineers have been protesting for the last four months against extension given to K D Chudhary CMD PSPCL by amending the rules.
Baldev Singh, President of the Association said that the government earlier did not extend the term of Director/ Generation PSPCL as per the understanding reached with Association. He further claimed that the government  has also initiated the selection process for appointment of Director/Commercial, Director/Distribution, Director/Finance and  Director/Generation of PSPCL.

Baldev Singh said that the executive committee is of the firm view - in the interest of the power sector common cadre as envisaged in Tripartite Agreement, it is a must so as to have better coordination between PSPCL and PSTCL for the smooth and efficient functioning of power sector in the state.

The Association also demanded that granting of same pay scale to newly recruited assistant engineers as the incumbent assistant engineers are getting in power companies. The offering of lower than regular scale of assistant engineers to new recruitments is akin to exploitation of qualified unemployed youth of Punjab.

The executive also decided that steps, which need to be initiated for expediting construction of 1320 MW thermal plant at Mukerian must be taken in the right earnest. The executive stressed that in-house reforms should be started  for lowering the cost of supply so that sufficient power is made available to consumers without any further tariff hikes.

Baldev Singh further said that the Association had  forewarned the authorities and power consumers regarding pitfalls of lopsided policy of power addition in the private sector. Engineers feared that power consumers of Punjab will have to pay through their nose if the sector was recklessly privatized. This has been confirmed by the exorbitant rates of power supply by one of the recently commissioned private plant.

Sanjeev Sood General secretary of Association said that the present coal crisis is another colossal failure of PSPCL Management. There is sluggishness on the part of PSPCL in bringing down losses and improving consumer services.

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