Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, March 8
Upset over the non-acceptance of their pending demands, the Council of Junior Engineers (CJE), have launched an agitation, under which the Junior Engineers (JEs) of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and the Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) will boycott field work till March 21.
State president of the CJE Paramjit Singh Khatra said: “JEs of PSPCL and PSTCL will not check stores, inspect energy meters in laboratories or recover penalty from defaulters.” Jaswinder Singh, secretary of city west unit of the CJE, said: “JEs have decided to boycott work.” He said the protest would not impact the public dealing work of the power utility and the protest was against the management.
Khatra said the PSPCL and PSTCL management had given a rough deal to JEs and their genuine demands were being ignored deliberately.
“Unlike their counterparts in various other government departments, JEs in power companies are being given less basic pay. The fresh JEs are given lump sum amount of Rs10,000 and are denied any allowance for field duty, which is given to other JEs deployed on field duty.”
The CJE chief said the promotion of JEs to Additional Assistant Engineers (AAEs) had also been stopped and the power companies were dragging their feet over related issues. As a result, JEs were forced to retire without promotion. He said the seniority lists of JEs and AAEs was not being updated.
Khatra reiterated the stand of the power engineers against the decision to shut down two units at Bathinda and Ropar thermal power plants and urged the the state government to review the decision.
In an ultimatum served to the power management and the state government, the council leadership said if immediate steps were not taken, the agitation would be further intensified.
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