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MPSEB staff to intensify agitation

DISCORD BETWEEN MP State Electricity Board (MPSEB) and its officers and employees is likely to escalate as the agitating officers and employees have given March 20 deadline to the Board to resolve the issue of wage revision, which has not been resolved till date and the next meeting between MP Vidhyut Karmchari Congress (Federation) and the Committee constituted by Board to resolve this issue is scheduled to be convened on March 22.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 13:46 IST

DISCORD BETWEEN MP State Electricity Board (MPSEB) and its officers and employees is likely to escalate as the agitating officers and employees have given March 20 deadline to the Board to resolve the issue of wage revision, which has not been resolved till date and the next meeting between MP Vidhyut Karmchari Congress (Federation) and the Committee constituted by Board to resolve this issue is scheduled to be convened on March 22.

The MPSEB employees would begin indefinite fast from March 20 if their demand for the wage revision were not met by that date.

As per the provisions of MP Industrial Relations Act, it is mandatory for the Committee constituted by the Board to negotiate with Federation while deciding the issue of wage revision which would not be possible before March 22 under any circumstances that is after the expiry of deadline given by the MPSEB staff to the Board management to resolve the issue of wage revision.

Talking to Hindustan Times, an officer of the Board at the helm of affairs said on condition of anonymity that last meeting between Committee of the Board and Federation was convened on March 14 and the next two meetings would be held on March 22 and 23. He was, however, was not in a position to give the final date by which the issue could be resolved.

He revealed that if the Board agreed with the demands of officers and employees and gave them the demanded wage revision and salary hike then the Board would have to part with Rs 27 crore every month in addition to the present expenses. He revealed that this amount is 5 percent of the monthly revenue of the Board.

When this correspondent asked the senior officer if the Board would release this amount the officer was not ready to divulge any information. However, it appeared that this was going to pinch the Board as the officer maintained that the amount was 5 percent of the monthly revenue of the Board, which meant that the amount was significant.

Attempts were made to contact Employee Officers Coordination Committee convener Vinay Pandey over the mobile phone but contact could not be established. He is the man who is going to sit on indefinite fast in case the Board does not resolve the issue by March 20.