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Power, phone strike shadow on Christmas

india Updated: Dec 22, 2006 15:56 IST
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THERE IS a strong chance that Christmas may be celebrated amidst a power crisis. And those who have a telecom connection from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd may not even be able to wish friends and relatives.

From Friday, 1.6 lakh officers of central public-sector companies (CPSUs) are going on mass leave. Their demand: revision of pay. The immediate fallout: the country's electricity and telecoms infrastructure will be left in the hands of a handful of senior executives.

All members of the Coordination Committee of Officers' Associations of CPSUs  are going on an indefinite mass leave despite a Delhi High Court order restraining the association from doing so.

But Ramesh C. Panda, secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, said: "IOC, MTNL, BHEL Coal India Ltd and BPCL are not participating in the strike."