Power employees called off strike, start restoration work

Power employees called off strike, start restoration work

Power employees called off strike, start restoration work

Agreement reached between Admn, Unions at midnight

JAMMU, Dec 21 : Three-day long agitation by the Power Development Department employees, which caused enormous inconvenience to the people due to outages, was called off at midnight tonight following an agreement reached between administration and representatives of the striking employees. 

An end to the agitation, which had prompted the administration to call Army Engineering Wing for restoration of power supply in many areas, was announced at midnight tonight by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr. 

Raghav Langer and Sachin Tickoo, one of the leaders of striking employees, in their separate interactions with the media persons.

“ The strike has been called off. An agreement has been reached with the striking employees and they will resume work immediately. 

The employees have been directed to restore power supply in the affected areas forthwith so that the people don’t face any further problems,” Dr. Langer said.

Asserting that the Government was positive towards the Power employees and their major demands had already been conceded, the Divisional Commissioner said that cause of the employees and power reforms will go together.

Sachin Tickoo, one of the leaders of striking employees, said the deadlock ended following marathon meetings between civil administration and representatives of the Unions of striking employees. 

Confirming that the agitation has been called off, Tickoo said they are satisfied with the administration’s response towards their demands.

He said their all issues have been addressed.

On joint venture, he said it has been put on hold and all stakeholders will examine it afresh.

Tickoo said the Government will create CPOs in every district .
He said the staff will start restoration of power supply where it has been affected immediately.

Earlier, in the day, EME wing of Army and Powergrid employees, the Government today engaged ITI faculty and students of Electrical trade for power restoration across J&K while the residents of many cities and towns in Jammu and Kashmir regions continued to face power on third consecutive day as Power Development Department (PDD) employees continued their strike against the proposed privatisation of electricity in the Union Territory besides other demands.

The Army personnel from EME and MES wings besides those from Powergrid Corporation and NHPC claimed to have restored over 70 percent of the feeders and repaired faults since last night. 

They claimed that in Jammu, 132 feeders out of the 153 which had gone out of order, have been restored by 7.30 pm tonight. 

They claimed that remaining 13 % will also be restored by mid night.

An official spokesman told the Excelsior that at some places including power receiving stations, some people have tried to sabotage and fiddle with the system. 

The Government was keeping close watch over such acts of some miscreants. 

Giving details of restoration work in Jammu region, he said out of 1096 feeders of 11 kv voltage level, 712 were functional and 384 faulty. These area being restored shortly. 

He further disclosed that out of the total 139 feeders of 33 kv in Jammu, 120 were functional and hardly 19 out of order.

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