STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Provincial Power Employees Union (PPEU) along with Feeder Managers, Meter Readers and Linemen of various Electrical Maintenance Divisions of Jammu on Wednesday lodged protest against alleged harassment by the PDD authorities. The union members assembled at Green Belt Park Jammu and raised slogans against the PDD authorities. The members expressed resentment against circulars issued by the higher authorities levying responsibility of any power pilferage solely on lower staff. They further said that it is not possible for Feeder Managers, Meter Readers and Linemen to make foolproof arrangements for preventing power pilferage as majority of distribution infrastructure consists of bare conductor and it is not possible for one or two persons to maintain complete vigil across the length and breadth of the feeder. Therefore, it is unrealistic to threaten lower rung employees of suspension and termination on account of power pilferage, if found by checking team, they added. “Department failed to release wages of need based workers and also did nothing to regularise permanent daily wagers of Jammu Province. Now, it started punitive action against Jammu based employees,” they said, asking why only Jammu is targeted as no instructions have been issued to Kashmir based employees for their failure to stop power pilferage besides failure to achieve revenue targets in comparisn to Jammu. The members appealed to the higher authorities to desist from issuing such circulars threatening suspension and termination of employees and vowed that in case any misadventure is done by anyone, the members shall be forced to start ‘Kaam Choro Hartal’, the responsibility of which will be on higher authorities.
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