Nearly 800 members of the PSEB Engineers Association (PSEBEA) from across Punjab on Thursday sat on a dharna in front of the head office to protest against the Punjab government's reported decision to breach a tripartite agreement.
The engineers, including assistant and chief engineers, were opposing the one-year extension to chairman KD Chaudhri by amending the Tripartite Agreement.
The engineers are also agitated over the government's move to raise the retirement age of chief managing directors (CMD) and directors from 62 to 65 and appointment of IAS officers in the management, which - according to them - was against the concept of professionalism of the power sector agreed upon by the government at the time of unbundling of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in 2010.
During the four-hour-long rally, the protesting engineers raised slogans against the government and chairman.
"The government has violated the Tripartite Agreement and amended the qualification criteria without reaching an understanding with the association. It's condemnable as the chief minister failed to keep his words,"said Baldev Singh Sran, PSEBEA president.
The association also criticised the managements of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) in delaying the implementation of cadre review report regarding rationalisation of workload of the engineering for bringing efficiency.
"The PSPCL management has failed to show any progress in the execution of 1,320 MW state sector thermal power project at Mukerian despite adequate availability of coal in our captive coal mine. Its functioning will bring down the cost of power,"said Sran.
The executive committee has decided that the agitation will be intensified even further if their demands are not met.