Continuing its agitation against the state government's to give an extension to Punjab State Power Corp Ltd chairman cum MD KD Chaudhri, the executive committee of the PSEB Engineers' Association(PSEBEA) observed a one-day hunger strike in front of the corporation's head office on Monday.
All the committee members sat on a one-day dharna and observed the fast to protest against the state government's decision.
Further, all engineers at PSPCL and PSTCL in the state are observing a 'work to rule' protest from March 3 to 6, wherein they will not perform the duties of subordinates and also not work beyond the normal office hours.
"The dharna and 'work to rule' is part of the ongoing agitation against the unresponsive and callous attitude of the management and the government", said a press note issued by PSEBEA.
The engineers are protesting against the government's move to raise the retirement age of chairmen and directors of state-owned corporations from 62 to 65 years and also to allow appointment of IAS officers in the management, said PSEBEA president Baldev Singh Sran.
The association further criticised the the role of the managements of the PSPCL and the PSTCL in allegedly delaying implementation of the cadre review report on rationalizing the workload of engineers to raise efficiency.
"The PSPCL management has failed to show any signs of progress in executing the 1,320 MW state-owned thermal project in Mukerian despite the fact that an adequate quantity of indigenous coal is available in our captive coal mine which will lower power costs", the PSEBEA said.
The executive committee decided a state-level dharna would be held in front of the corporation's head office at Patiala on March 6. The power engineers said the agitation would be further intensified if their demands were not met by then. They also appealed to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to intervene in the matter.