STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The employees of Power Development Department on Thursday observed complete pen down on the second consecutive day against the unilateral move of the government to operationalise unbundling of the department without involving the employees. On call of All J&K Power Employees and Engineers Coordination Committee (PEECC), a number of employees voluntarily participated in pen down strike expressing resentment on move of the Government to split the Department into companies. The PEECC resolved that the pen down strike shall continue on tomorrow also, after which further course of action would be finalised, after detailed deliberations by committee members. Er Jaipal Sharma, Chairman PEECC; Er Sachin, Convenor PEECC; Sanjeev Bali, President PPEU; Aijaz Kazmi, General Secretary PPEU; Jasbir Singh, President ITI; Gurmeet Singh, President Central Non-Gazetted Employees Union; P C Sharma, President PEEU; Kulbir Singh, Secretary EEU; Balbir Singh, President, Draftsman Association; Anil Slathia, Lineman Union; Tarun Gupta, PDD Daily-wager/ need-based Employees Union besides a number of employees were present during the protest. The employees, while raising slogans against the move of the Government, called for immediate shelving of this corporatisation as it is against interests of employees. While addressing employees, the leaders highlighted service issues arising out of non-transparency in unbundling process. The daily wagers and need-based employees, who have served the department for more than 20 years, have been awaiting regularisation but corporatisation could lead them into severe crisis including retrenchment by companies, the leaders asserted. The employee leaders further said, “Government needs to assure employees in transition plan document, in writing, all terminal benefits like payment of gratuity in one go, leave salary in one go, pension, DA, benefit of SRO-43, medical benefits and annual increments, promotional prospects, adherence to seniority rules, benefits of pay commissions at par with other regular government departments. The Government should also provide written assurance, in tripartite agreement, regarding regular drawal of salaries of existing employees from consolidated fund of Government through annual budget irrespective of financial health of companies.” The members demanded involvement of employee leaders in the committee constituted to prepare a comprehensive proposal for reorganisation of PDD. “PEECC doesn’t have faith on the committee constituted, as its Chairman is going to retire in a month while majority of other members are also retiring within six months,” they informed.
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