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Skewed recruitment policy of PSPCL, PSTCL resulting in increased drug addiction
Ravi Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, February 6
Due to the skewed recruitment policy of the two power utilities of the state, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and the Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL), the youngsters holding diplomas in electrical engineering have to look for menial jobs not conforming to their educational qualifications. As a result hundreds of youths have got hooked to drugs out of sheer frustration.

There are 15,000 posts of linesman and nearly 650 posts of junior engineer (JE) lying vacant in the two power utilities since the last four years. Earlier, diploma holders in electrical engineering could apply for these jobs but following a change of recruitment policy, affected by the erstwhile Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) nearly a decade and a half ago, these diploma holders have been left out in the cold. Students who have done their degrees in electrical engineering are now eligible for the posts available at the two corporations.


The rules state that once a degree holder gets a job as a linesman or JE, he has to be promoted to the rank of an SDO within three years. This means that once these employees get promoted, the posts of JEs once again fall vacant.

Significantly, figures culled from various sources, including drug de-addiction centres, go on the reveal that majority of youths on drugs comprise of unemployed youngsters.

With these corporations shutting their doors on these students, more than 1.5 lakh youths are running from pillar to post to get employment in the state.

PSEB was once the biggest employer of diploma holders but now the engineering pass-outs are doing menial jobs in shopping malls and private shops. Those who are left out of the increasingly decreasing job market get hooked on to drugs.

JS Nanowalia, State Secretary of the Punjab Diploma Engineers Association, said the phenomenon of young engineering students getting hooked to dope was assuming alarming proportions. “There are 15,000 such students in Majha alone. A majority are working on jobs which do not require engineering qualifications. The rest are on drugs. The PSPCL and the PSTCL should amend its policy of recruiting only degree holders as linesmen and JEs,” he added.

fact file
Figures from drug de-addiction centres prove that the incidence of dope increasing in frustrated engineering diploma holders
Once PSEB was biggest employer of diploma engineering students
15,000 posts of linesman, 650 of JE lying vacant



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