Power engineers meet deputy CM about pending demands

  • HT Correspondent=, None, Patiala
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2014 23:47 IST

The Punjab State Electricity Board's Engineers' Association (PSEBEA) met deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday with their long-pending demands at Badal village.

PSEBEA president Baldev Singh Sran said the deputy CM assured them that the Tripartite Agreement will be honoured and any change in it would be done only after consulting with the association.

Power secretary Anirudh Tiwari and chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) KD Chaudhari were also present at the meeting.

"The deputy CM also agreed to the plea of association to have a fixed tenure without extension for the post of CMD and directors of PSPCL and PSTCL. It was also decided to start the process of selection for the vacant posts of directors of PSPCL within fifteen days," said the association president.

The deputy CM assured the delegation that issues of common recruitment and cadre in PSPCL and PSTCL and legitimate start of pay scale to newly-recruited assistant engineers, (SDOs) will soon be sorted out.
Saying that the deputy CM appreciated the association's suggestions for bringing down line losses, the PSEBEA members said Badal had directed the PSPCL to shift the remaining 24 lakh meters outside residential and commercial premises by March 31, 2015.

The association claimed that the deputy CM agreed that state's share in the power generation required urgent enhancement; assured the government would take immediate steps for it and a 4000 MW plant will be set up in the state.

The association told Badal that PSPSCL management was biased against the power engineers.
PSEBEA general secretary Sanjeev Sood said Badal had directed the power secretary and CMD to hold meetings with the association about the issues raised by the engineers.

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