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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Patiala, February 10, 2013
Accusing the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) of not providing means to achieve set goals and benchmarks, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineers Association on Sunday appealed to the chief minister to intervene in the functioning of the power body.
In an emergency meeting of its executive, the engineers alleged that they were working under great stress. 

"The rationalisation of work load norms and span control is imperative for the growth of the organisation and meeting with the prime purpose of ensuring quality and reliable power supply to the consumers. Great resentment prevails among engineers over the issue, but the PSPCL has done nothing and the engineers are forced to work under a lot of tension which is also affecting the productivity," said association general secretary Sanjeev Sood.

The association alleged that the management of the PSPCL had stalled rationalisation of organisational structure vis-a-vis work load norms and span control of engineers on the pretext of seeking the approval of the Punjab government whereas the companies are fully competent to take appropriate decisions since the government is duly represented by two directors in the board. 

"Failure of the management to reorganise the metering and IT organisations has already caused immense revenue loss to the corporation and hardships to the consumers of the state," the engineers said.

However, the management has failed to learn any lessons and has still not reorganised these two critical functions and also other organisations of PSPCL.

While strengthening evidences to their claims, the association said the field engineers (offices) were heavily loaded, thereby, seriously affecting the quality and reliability of supply.

"Sub-station engineers are managing 30-35 grids against sanctioned norms of 4-6 grids. The PSPCL has failed to build adequate 66 KV sub-transmission capacity for transmission of power from the upcoming generating stations to the consumers," the engineering rued.

The association cautioned the state government that the dream of providing un-interrupted power supply to the consumers would remain un-fulfilled if corrective steps were not initiated now.

The executive committee has decided to launch agitation in the state to highlight the response of the PSPCL management regarding the issues of power sector that affect the consumer services and financial health of PSPCL directly.