Adopting a rare form of protest, the PSEB Engineers' Association has announced to work more than the prescribed hours while resuming its protest against the alleged self-destructive policies of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) management.
The association called an emergency meeting at Bathinda on Saturday and decided to resume its agitation from the next week as the PSPCL management allegedly failed to settle various issues.
"We have become engineers with the money of people and now it is our responsibility to save the interest of people by not allowing PSPCL to adopt the path of self destruction," said Badev Singh Sran, president of the association.
Giving details, Sran said, "A committee was constituted in May last year to suggest way and means so that the organisational structure of the PSPCL can be modernised to fulfil the present day requirements. The committee was to submit its report within six weeks but even after one year, only 20% of the work has been completed by the committee. Besides the field engineers are overburdened and due to acute shortage of staff, the quality of supply is suffering."
"The PSPCL has failed to implement Patiala distribution model in other parts of the state despite the fact that other states have shown overwhelming response to the model," said Sran.
He said, "The cadre is demoralised and working under great stress. The management is totally indifferent to the ground realities. There is acute shortage of technical staff (40%) and infrastructure that is affecting consumer services.
There is shortage of around 600 SDOs and management has failed to recruit these engineers even after two years of sanction by the state government and as a result one engineer is forced to perform duties of two-three engineers."