Over 20,000 employees and engineers of the Power Development Department (PDD) have decided to go on an indefinite strike across Jammu and Kashmir, opposing grid stations’ alleged “privatisation”.
“The decision to go on an indefinite strike was taken after two rounds of talks in Jammu held between the Power Employees and Engineers Coordination Committee (PEECC), J&K, and government representatives (Managing Director, JKPDC) failed to yield any result to break the impasse,” said Jasbir Singh, senior leader, Electrical Employees Union, who was part of the employees’ representatives.
“So, we have decided to go on strike from December 18, 2021,” he said.
PEECC is an amalgam of all the associations falling under the ambit of the Power Development Department (PDD) and caters to the common issues of the employees from the lowest position in hierarchy up to the topmost office bearers on the establishment of PDD.
“Our department was converted into a corporation. We were assured of timely wages, promotions, and regularisation of daily wagers. However, it did not happen. We were kept in the dark,” Singh said. “They are trying to privatise our grid stations. First, they converted it into a corporation from the department. Then they did not fulfil the promises made to us. Is it possible for us to believe that they won’t sell the grid stations? The employees are feeling unsafe.”
JKEEGA General Secretary, and Convenor PEECC, Sachin Tickoo, said, “Power grids are our assets, and they should not be sold.”
“We were sent to Corporation on deputation, but here we do not get timely salary regularly,” he added while saying that: “they have given time to the authorities, but they were not ready to accept our demands compelling us to go on indefinite strike.”
The union leaders said that all the employees were apprehensive of the move as they had witnessed the fate of the joint venture company like CVPPPL that was floated on the same concept of harnessing the hydro-potential, and NHPC, JKSPDC, and PDD were equivalent shareholders.
“With time, there is a monopoly of NHPC Ltd with the Chairman and Managing Director both from NHPC and the position of Joint Managing Director, who as per agreement should be from JKPDD or SPDC is lying vacant since 2015,” they said. “The top-level management has all been taken over by NHPC. Moreover, the employees of PDD on deputation to CVPPPL are either not given a position proportional to their status in PDD or are victimised on one pretext or the other.”
The union leaders said that the formation of the joint venture company ‘J&K Grid Company’ in haste without discussing the modalities of every clause with the employee representatives under the banner of PEECC would not be acceptable to the employees in the PDD.
“This move will be opposed tooth and nail. The trust deficit between the employees and the government on this issue has increased due to the unilateral approach adopted by the government,” the employee union leaders said.
JKP Border Battalion aspirants submit memorandum to Div Com Jammu
Today, a delegation of aspirants seeking recruitment in the Jammu and Kashmir Police Border Battalion called on Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer.
The Aspirants apprised the Divisional Commissioner that they had applied for the post of Head Constable advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Recruitment Board in 2019 and appeared in Physical and medical tests. But now, the JKP HQRS (police recruitment board) has reissued an advertisement notification for the recruitment of Head Constable in the border battalion.
The Aspirants demanded the withdrawal of the new advertisement issued by JKP HQRS. They further appealed to conduct the written examination of already qualified candidates and give a separate ad for more vacancies.
The Divisional Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured that the matter would be taken up with police authorities.
Jammu Police Foils Bovine Smuggling Bid, 2 Arrested
Nagrota police recovered six cattle from a stubble-laden truck going from Jammu to Kashmir. The accused had made a wooden box inside the vehicle. Although cattle were kept hidden inside this box, the top and front of the box were loaded with straw so that the police personnel posted at the checkpoints did not even know that cattle were being smuggled in the truck.
The vehicle driver, Obad-ul-Rehman resident of Belicharana and his companion Murad Ali resident of Belicharana, Satwari, were arrested. A case was registered against both of them at Nagrota police station for violating the order of the district commissioner and cruelty to cattle. The police are not even denying that the accused must have stolen these cattle from somewhere. The interrogation of both is on.
On the midnight of Wednesday, Thursday, on strong information about cattle smuggling, police personnel blocked the Ban toll plaza on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. During this, vehicle number JK02AW-5753, carrying straw from Jammu to Kashmir, was stopped by the police personnel for investigation. However, when the people in the vehicle were asked about their destination, they could not answer satisfactorily.
Due to suspicion of the words of both the occupants of the vehicle, the police personnel searched the vehicle. When the stubble was removed, the police personnel found a wooden box inside the vehicle. When I looked inside the box, there were cattle there. After the cattle were recovered from the vehicle, the people tried to run away, but the police personnel did not let them escape. The vehicle was seized on the spot. Both the passengers in it were taken into custody.
Devender Rana calls on LG, raises issues of public importance
Former Legislator and BJP leader, Devender Singh Rana on Thursday called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhavan Jammu and raised various issues of public importance.
As per an official handout, Rana had a detailed interaction with the Lt Governor, wherein he projected several demands and issues pertaining to the release of pending payments under MGNREGA; age relaxation issue of the aspirants of Combined Competitive Exams; regularization of daily wagers; expediting pending Class-IV recruitment, besides joining issue of compilers and concerns of BSF/CISF aspirants and vocational trainers.
The Lt Governor observed that the UT government is formulating development plans and policies reflective of the needs and aspirations of the people of J&K and assured him of due consideration of the genuine issues projected during the interaction, the handout read.
It further added that the Lt Governor urged Rana to continue his endeavours for promoting public welfare on all fronts.
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