PSEB Engineers' Association has withdrawn the ongoing agitation after it received positive response from the Punjab Government towards their demands.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.