STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Power employees of J&K strongly resented the Union Government’s proposal to privatise Power distribution sector and threatened to launch an agitation. While addressing a press conference in Jammu on Thursday, All J&K Power Employees Coordination Committee (PECC) members flayed Union Government’s proposal to privatise power distribution sector and extended full support to nationwide protest on June 1. Speaking on the occasion, Jaipal Sharma said that Central Government’s proposed move to privatise power distribution sector may lead to large scale shunting-out/ harassment of employees, who would be declared surplus. “We are anguished to note that at a time, when entire country is integrally fighting the menace of COVID-19, the Ministry of Power is busy in curbing people’s right to energy,” he said. “This move shall be detrimental to the service rights of about 31,000 Government employees, including daily-wage and need-based workers who are awaiting regularisation since more than 20 years and working day and night for maintaining smooth power supply 24×7,” he added. Extending full support to the decision of power employees, from across country to hold nationwide protest on June 1, PECC exhorted upon all cadres of PDD across UT of Jammu and Kashmir to observe the same at all District offices of Power Development Department and wear black badges, while continuing to perform their duties 24×7 during the tough time of pandemic. Others who spoke on the occasion included Sachin, Ajaz Kazmi, Sanjeev Bali, Balbir Singh, Anil Slathia, Jasbir Singh, Parshottam Kumar, Tarun Gupta, Akhil Sharma and Gurmeet Singh.
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