The joint electricity regulatory commission (JERC) for the UT, taking up two petitions of the UT electricity department and the UT powermen union for review of manpower, has observed that the administration should appoint an officer of the rank of chief engineer for the electricity department.
The UT powermen union had filed a review petition in 2014 that the lower category — Class 3 and 4 — employees should also be employed on regular basis, and should not be outsourced.
Highlighting that the centre has selected Chandigarh as one of the solar power cities, the commission has approved a post of chief engineer for the electricity department. It has also decided the Class 3 and 4 employees’ posts would be filled 50% each through regular and contract basis.
It has also been stated in the order that to implement the national policy on renewable energy, to look after promotion and execution of energy conservation, renewable energy programmess and improving average cost of power purchase, one officer of the rank of chief engineer is required for the electricity department, which will also start supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.
The commission further observed that the professional orientation with technical excellence was the need of the hour in both technical and commercial activities of the electricity department. The existing outdated and manual activities needed to be replaced with modern and technology driven activities, the commission stated.
The consumer profile is unique in Chandigarh as it is a capital city of two prominent states, the panel report stated, adding the expectations and demands of consumers were increasing and were currently at par with most of the metro cities in the country.
The commission also highlighted that the UT also needed to work more on the safety of the existing and future employees by providing latest safety tools and requisite training.