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Power engineers switch off official mobile phones

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patiala, April 02, 2014
First Published: 18:31 IST(2/4/2014) | Last Updated: 18:39 IST(2/4/2014)

Nearly 1,500 engineers of PSPCL and PSTCL switched off their official mobile phones from 2pm to 5pm on Wednesday to protest against the Punjab government's decision to enhance the retirement age of the directors, including the chairman-cum-managing director (CMD), of the two power corporations from the age of 62 to 65.

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The protest was also against the state government's decision to allow IAS officers to function as directors in the management boards of the two power corporations, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL).

All engineers of PSPCL and PSTCL are already on "work to rule" since February 12, 2014, said PSEB Engineers' Association (PSEBA), the engineers' body heading the workers' action, in a press release issued here on Wednesday.

Under "work to rule", engineers perform duties only from 9am to 5am. PSEBEA said the government had violated its agreement by giving an extension to the CMD.

PSBEA has also announced to extend its "work to rule" policy to April 25. The engineers will also continue to switch off their official mobile phones from 2pm to 5pm every Wednesday till April 16.

In case the PSPCL management and Punjab government don't meet the demands of the engineers, the PSEBEA said, the agitation will be intensified and the 1,500 engineers would a day's mass casual leave as a mark of protest. The PSEBEA circular was issued by its general secretary, Sanjeev Sood.

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