If the meeting with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on August 13 does not provide a permanent solution to their issues, employees of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) will resume their agitation from August 15-the Independence Day- against the management.
In a press release on Sunday, Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association (PSEBEA) president Baldev Singh Sran said a decision in this direction was taken during an emergency meeting of the state executive committee of the association.
He said the meeting was called to decide the further course of action of the ongoing agitation for resolution of pending issues of power engineers, including the execution of 1320 MW thermal power plant at Mukerian, decrease in the age of retirement from 65 years to 62 years and increase in the salaries of assistant engineers.
Sran said the PSEBEA executive committee had also decided to hold protest meetings on August 11 at all regional headquarters of Punjab to condemn the repressive attitude of the PSPCL management towards power engineers.
He said, "There is a great resentment amongst the executive committee members regarding the repeated postponement of the meeting with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who holds the power ministry. The meeting has been postponed thrice."
Sran said in June, the PSEBEA had, on the assurance of Sukhbir Singh Badal, withdrawn their protest so that consumers, especially those in the agriculture sector, did not suffer during the paddy season. However, even after announcing that the agitation had been postponed, the government had not fulfilled their demands, he said.
Sran stated that the process of appointing new directors of PSPCL in place of directors, whose tenures had expired, had not begun even after a lapse of more than one and a half months, though the government had assured that the process would begin in 10 days.
Sran warned that apart from disturbing industrial peace, the agitation on August 15 would also disrupt the power supply and the responsibility of the same would lie with the management. However, he hoped that all issues faced by power engineers would be resolved during the meeting with deputy chief minister on August 13.