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For PCL engineers ?name? is identity

NO ROMEO and Juliet is being enacted, though. The UPPCL engineers have found everything in a name. And this was clearly evident when the Power Corporation has agreed to change the designations of various officials.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 01:45 IST

NO ROMEO and Juliet is being enacted, though. The UPPCL engineers have found everything in a name. And this was clearly evident when the Power Corporation has agreed to change the designations of various officials.

The management is reverting to the designations that prevailed in the ‘UPSEB-era’. The UP Electricity Board (UPSEB) was unbundled into three corporations in January 2000.

Prior to the unbundling, the designations in UPSEB were like this: assistant engineer, executive engineer, superintending engineer, chief engineer (level two) and chief engineer (level one). However, after corporatisation of the UPSEB, the posts were renamed. So the superintending engineers were re-designated as deputy general managers, chief engineers (level 2) as general managers and chief engineers (level one) as chief general managers. Even the assistant engineers and the executive engineers were also proposed to be renamed as deputy and assistant managers, respectively, but the power unions succeeded in getting that proposal scrapped.

The renaming of the superintending engineers and chief engineers, as managers, was something the engineers did not like from day one and started pressuring the management, through their unions, to revert to the old names. For them, changing names of their posts was like depriving them of their identity. “If we introduce ourselves as DGM or GM, one does not know exactly what we are,” argued UP Rajya Vidyut Abhiyanta Sangh general secretary AK Singh, adding “In accounts and finance departments too, we have DGMs and GMs who have no engineering back ground. So how could one know that we are engineers if we simply introduce ourselves as DGMs and GMs.” He said engineers were not made managers in any states where the electricity boards were corporatised.

Echoing similar sentiments, another power official said it was a question of their identity and change in names of designations had created a serious identity crisis for them. He pointed out that renaming posts in all the units had spawned a lot of confusion. For example, even a senior PA to Chairman is now known as GM who was otherwise known only as PA during UPSEB days, he said. “We are engineers and we love being called and known as one. That’s all,” he stressed.

So, respecting their sentiments, the UPPCL management has now made up its mind to convert managers into engineers by reintroducing the pre-unbundling system of nomenclature. “What is harm in doing this which respects engineers’ sentiments without having any financial burden on the corporation?” asked a senior UPPCL director. He said the officials in departments like finance and accounts were asked if they would like to remain managers or they would also like to be again known as account officers, chief account officers and the like.
Who says there is noting in a name?