Ignoring the recommendation of the committee investigating coal testing in the thermal-electricity plants, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has not transferred its chief chemists (coal).
The PSPCL itself had formed a committee comprising officer on special duty (coal management) SK Puri and chief engineers K Lal (Rupnagar), MR Parihar (Lehra Mohabbat), and HP Singh (Bathinda) after reports of manipulations in the process of testing coal, especially at Rupnagar, which HT had also highlighted.
The committee is out with a report that since the coal comes from the same Pachwara Central mine, the analysis results of the three power stations should not vary but these did contrast in the years 2010-11 and 2011-12, and in the first quarter of 2012.
The coal analysis was under the direct supervision of chief chemists at these stations. "In view of the financial stakes involved and to avoid manipulation on this account, the chief chemists may be transferred between plants," the report stated.
The chief chemist (coal) at Rupnagar may be moved to Lehra Mohabbat and the analyst at Bathina to Rupnagar, the committee has recommended.
Since the man at Lehra Mohabbat is on long leave and due to retire on September 30, and also since less coal is tested at Bathinda, he may be posted at Bathinda till a new chief chemist is promoted and deployed there, the team has suggested.
However, the PSPCL has only interchanged chief chemists, coal and water, within the thermal-energy plants. At Rupnagar, the chief chemist, coal, Ravinder Nath Laloriya, now looks after water, and the coal analysis work has gone to Surinder Kumar Kaler.
The committee has recommended that the staff under chief chemist (coal) may be transferred only within the station with the team testing water. Even this advice is not implemented. The committee also recommended steps for transparency in coal testing, but held no one accountable for the past lapses.
"The chief engineers made the transfers at their own level in the respective thermal-electricity plants," said PSPCL director (generation) GS Chhabra. "It's an immediate step to remove any misgiving regarding the coal-testing process. The committee report is still being examined and proper action will follow in due course to make the transfers of the staff concerned a regular feature."