In protest against the state government's move to enhance the retirement age from 62 to 65 and to make serving IAS officers eligible for the post of CMD (PSPCL) in order to "oblige the present CMD" (chairman-cum-managing director), the PSEB Engineers'
Association has decide to hold protest rallies across the state.
The engineers of PSPCL (Punjab State Power Corporation Limited) and PSTCL (Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited) will hold two-hour protest rallies at Patiala, Bathinda and Jalandhar from 1pm to 3pm on February 6.
The association threatened to intensify their protest if the proposal to change age and experience criteria for appointment of CMDs and directors is implemented and TPA (tripartite agreement) signed between the state government, management and association and all unions of PSPCL and PSTCL in 2010 is not implemented.
Meanwhile, the association, in another letter addressed to the chief minister, has stressed that "the tripartite agreement was based on trust that the power engineers had in the chief minister".
"Any act of violating the TPA will not only disturb the industrial peace but will also give a severe shock to the engineering community who trusted the state government assurances at the time of finalising and signing the tripartite agreement. There is no ground for the state government to overturn the TPA," claimed Baldev Singh Sran, president, PSEB Engineers' Association.