The PGI is grappling with consistent power-supply failure because its electrical division is short of technical hands for the past two years.
A PGI office order issued on February 17, 2007, said the electrical division had 70 technicians at that time. In two years since then, retirements, suspension orders and deaths have taken away 50 men from the division, while the institute has added many blocks.
Sources in the PGI say no one has been recruited in the electrical division in the past many years. The addition of New OPD, Advanced Paediatrics Centre and Advanced Cardiac Centre has enhanced the requirement of technicians manifold at the institute.
One of the senior PGI officials said it required four times the present workforce of technicians to run the health institute of this proportion.
A few months ago, when officials from the electric division brought the issue to the notice of PGI Director K.K. Talwar, the latter proposed new recruitment, hiring technicians on contract and outsourcing of electrical maintenance as the three possible solutions. None of the three steps have come up, so far.
After three major power interruptions in just one month, the PGI authorities are now planning to take the third option.
However, employees in the PGI’s electrical division fear the outsourced staff may be too inexperienced to understand the institute’s complex electrical layout.
“The PGI will require experienced professionals to run the institute’s new 66-KV substations,” said a senior official on the condition of anonymity.
When contacted, PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said the institute had no shortage of technicians and a bit of outsourcing was on already.