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PSEB engineers sits on dharna at head office
All executive committee members of PSEB Engineers Association sat on dharna at mall road in front of PSEB head office yesterday to protest against violation of tripartite agreement by Punjab Government and power companies.

Baldev Singh Sran, President of association said that today's' Dharna was part of the ongoing agitation programme against the unresponsive and callus attitudes of the management and the government. The engineers are agitated over the move of the Punjab government?s  to raise the retirement age of CMD's / Directors from 62 to 65 years and for allowing entry of IAS officers in the management.

The Government has violated the tripartite agreement and has amended the qualification criteria without reaching an understanding with the Association. This is against the concept of professionalism of the power sector agreed by the Government at the time of unbundling of PSEB during 2010.

The Association further alleged that government has failed to notify the common recruitment and cadre of PSPCL and PSTCL despite clear-cut agreement reached with the Association. The engineers have been denied the differential in the pay scales as per TPA whereas other employees have been given the same.

Sanjeev Sood General Secretary of Association further criticized the role of the managements of PSPCL and PSTCL in delaying the implementation of cadre review report regarding rationalization of the work load of the engineers for bringing efficiency.

PSPCL management has failed to show any progress in the execution of 1320 MW state sector thermal project at Mukerian despite the fact that adequate quantity of indigenous coal is available in our captive coal mine which shall bring down the cost of power by at least 60 p/unit. Further there is acute shortage of staff in the field for which management's have failed to provide any solution which is adversely affecting the consumer services.

Whereas on one hand, the management is resorting to incurring unproductive expenditures in building guests houses but the genuine demands of the engineers are being overlooked on the pretext of austerity.

PSPCL Management has failed to take any action as per coal purchase agreement against a private supplier of coal (PANAM) which is repeatedly stopping the coal supply to state's own thermal plants and instead, management is buying electricity on higher rates from private players.

Total reliance on private sector for generation of electricity has raised the cost of power in the state. Further management has failed to get the 951 crore from private thermal generators in Punjab as late delivery charges.

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