He said that the State Government had safeguarded the interests and ensured the welfare of the employees who play an important role in development. He said that the Congress Government does not believe in discrimination with employees and had maintained cordial relations with them in order to provide clean, transparent and effective administration to the people of the State.
Chief Minister said that 672 functional posts in the HP State Electricity Board would be filled up during the current year, which include 315 posts of T-mates, 86 posts of Junior Engineers, 100 posts of Computer Operators and other functional posts of SDO’s, Lineman, Electrician, Sub-Station Attendants, Junior Draftsman’s, Accountants, Account Officers, Steno-typists and Law Officers. Besides during the next two years, 650 functional posts in each year would be filled up, he added.
Virbhadra Singh said that earlier HPSEB was one entity but due to change in norms at National level its diversification was made and he was never interested in it. But it happened during the successive Governments regime and now the Generation and Transmission were separate units and we have to work accordingly as per the changed scenario.
He said that recently he visited the Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi and Kinnaur tribal areas where there was need for the improvement in electricity supply infrastructure. He said that now the emphasis was given to make further improvement to provide reliable and quality power supply in all areas of the State.
Chief Minister said that the 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Project was envisaged during the regime of former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi in which 75:25 share was for SJVNL and Himachal Pradesh respectively. He said that Shri Rajiv Gandhi asked him to enhance the States share but due to financial constraints it could not be done.
Virbhadra Singh said that BJP Government had allotted all hydroelectric projects to the private companies without having the share of Himachal Pradesh which had resulted into massive loss to the State. He said that he had asked the private companies to ensure 70 percent employment to the Himachali’s at all levels.
He said that previous Government had made much fan-fare that they were providing four CFL bulbs free of cost to the consumers by taking back four common bulbs from them. He said that HPSEBL has taken loan of Rs. 80 crore for launching this scheme and later on the same was charged from the consumers which was cheating with the people of State.