Senior officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) were caught in a tricky situation on Wednesday when a junior engineer posted in the Jaitu sub-division went on a hunger strike at the corporation's office by taking off his shirt and alleging large-scale corruption in the sub-division.
Jaswinder Singh alleged that an assistant lineman of PSPCL was promoting corruption as he is "close to a powerful leader of the ruling party". Later, he was joined by some other members of social and trade unions.
Alleging corruption, he demanded that three PSPCL employees be shifted out of the Jaitu sub-division. The three posted at Jaitu are tarnishing the image of other employees due to their alleged corrupt ways of extracting money from the consumers, he claimed.
Senior PSPCL officials, including Kotkapura XEN Tarlochan Singh Brar and superintendent engineer Mohinder Singh Brar besides others rushed to the spot to pacify the JE. He called off his protest after senior officials assured him of immediately transferring three employees he charged with corruption. They also marked an inquiry into the allegations levelled by him against three other employees.
'JE, too, will face action'
Mohinder Singh Brar, SE, PSPCL, Faridkot division, said the three employees would be shifted out of the Jaitu sub-division pending the inquiry so that they cannot interfere in the inquiry.
"But we shall first take action against the JE on his manner of protesting before giving notice to us. If he had some problem, he should have informed us first. His manner of holding a protest cannot be justified. He, too, would face an inquiry," the SE said.