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Powermen?s stir against delay in wage revision

ABOUT FIVE hundred employees and engineers of MP Western Region Electricity Distribution Company demonstrated near their office premises today evening, protesting against the inordinate delay on the part of MP State Electricity Board (MPSEB) in implementing the wage revision report submitted by the one-man committee of retired Chief Justice V C Verma.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 00:39 IST

ABOUT FIVE hundred employees and engineers of MP Western Region Electricity Distribution Company demonstrated near their office premises today evening, protesting against the inordinate delay on the part of MP State Electricity Board (MPSEB) in implementing the wage revision report submitted by the one-man committee of retired Chief Justice V C Verma.

Employees and engineers of the Company have warned that if by February 25, the Board does not take some affirmative action on the report then the agitation will become aggressive.

Addressing the gathering, the convener of the coordination committee constituted to deal with issues of wage revision and power reforms, Vinay Pandey, said that the report of the committee on wage revision should be implemented without any deductions and without any delay. He reasoned that negotiations could take place only if the Board takes some affirmative action.

He asserted ‘we want that the report should be implemented in the true spirit and the Board should take decision on the report by February 25’.

He added ‘we are not against the government or Board, rather we are for our own rights’. He regretted that had the report been against the employees then the Board would have accepted the report of the committee as the rule of law.

Pandey informed that the committee submitted its report to the Board on December 30, 2005. Later after 15 days, the coordination committee submitted a request letter to the Board for implementation of report in 15 days. That date expired on January 30, 2006.

Consequently the engineers and employees of MPSEB started the first phase of the agitation from February 3 at Jabalpur. The coordination committee convener maintained that this agitation would continue in the form of protest meetings at all commissioneries and major power stations.

He asserted that if no positive decision is taken by the Board till February 25, then the second phase of agitation would be launched in March 2006 and it may even culminate into indefinite strike.

This phase of agitation will end on February 25, 2006 with State-level rally at MPSEB headquarters at Jabalpur, which would be a show of solidarity.

He further said that wage revision of the engineers and employees of the Board was due since April 1, 1999. He opined that this demand in revision is owing to the wage revision of Central and State government employees done in the year 1996.
Members of the coordination committee Sanjay Trivedi, C L Pathak and S K Maurya also addressed the gathering. Today’s agitation at Indore will be followed by agitation at Ujjain tomorrow.

The coordination committee consists of members who are heads of various associations like Diploma Engineers Association, Engineers Association etc. Employees and officers up to the level of Chief Engineers will participate in the agitations.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 00:39 IST