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Power employees begin hunger strike

THE MP State Electricity Employees & Engineers Co-ordination Committee (MPSEECC) today commenced its relay hunger strike in front of the Shakti Bhawan ? the headquarters of MP State Electricity Board (MPSEB) here - to press the Board for long pending wage revision in line with the Justice B C Verma Committee?s report.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 13:18 IST

THE MP State Electricity Employees & Engineers Co-ordination Committee (MPSEECC) today commenced its relay hunger strike in front of the Shakti Bhawan – the headquarters of MP State Electricity Board (MPSEB) here - to press the Board for long pending wage revision in line with the Justice B C Verma Committee’s report.

The wage of about 55,000 employees of the Board has not been revised since April 1, 1999. A group of 21 protesters began the relay hunger strike. The Committee members, enjoying support of 17 workers’ bodies, would begin indefinite fast from Friday if they do not get assurance from the MPSEB management by March 23.

The Committee is peeved at the dilly-dallying over the implementation of one-member retired Justice Verma’s wage committee recommendations.

After Justice Verma submitted his report in December, the state government formed a three-member committee to study the recommendations.

Following this the three-member committee, comprising of MP Power Transmission Company Limited Chairman cum Managing Director R K Verma, MPSEB Secretary P K Vaishya and MP East Power Distribution Ltd. CMD & Financial Advisor to MPSEB Pankaj Agrawal, has been negotiating with the MP Vidyut Karmachari Sangh Federation.

The employee leaders are viewing these negotiations as dilatory tactics aimed at impeding the implementation of the recommendations of Justice Verma.

Panel members hold talks on wage revision
The MPSEB three-member negotiation committee today held talks with the MP Vidyut Karmachari Sangh Federation in connection with wage revision. MPSEB Secretary P. K Vaishya said the talks were held in a cordial atmosphere and they would take up the issue at the next full board meeting.

First Published: Mar 21, 2006 13:18 IST