Electricity Minister AK Sharma said that the government is continuously talking to the organizations that announced the strike. Talks took place on Thursday also for two hours but the ‘dogmatic’ people are not ready to listen. However, the government has still kept the path of talks open.
Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation. (representative picture)
Lucknow: Regarding selection of chairman and managing director in power companies and some other issues Uttar Pradesh Of three day strike of electricians Thursday night started at 10 pm. Taking a tough stand on this, the government has warned of action under the National Security Act (Rasuka) in case of sacking of contract workers who do not turn up for work and vandalism during demonstrations. On the other hand, another section of electricians has asked its engineers to work two hours extra in view of this strike.
Shailendra Dubey, convenor of ‘Electricity Employees Joint Sangharsh Samiti’, who called for the strike, told that about one lakh electricity workers of the state have started a three-day strike from 10 pm on Thursday night. He said, all 100 percent night shift workers, junior engineers, engineers have gone on strike in Anpara, Obra, Parichha and Harduaganj power plants. There has been 100 percent strike in the night shift in thermal power plants.
Complete strike of electricians after 23 years
Shailendra Dubey told that after about 23 years, a complete strike of electricity workers is happening in the state. He told that on December 3, 2022, there was an agreement between the state government and the electricians. On behalf of the government, Energy Minister Arvind Kumar Sharma had asked for 15 days time to implement the points of the agreement, but now more than three months have passed but the agreement has not been implemented.
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posting on transfer basis
He told that the government had said in the agreement that the chairman and managing director of the power companies would be selected only through a committee constituted under the chairmanship of the chief secretary. But by discontinuing this system, now these posts are being posted on the basis of transfer. This has become the biggest point of contention.
Alert declared across the state
Meanwhile, State Energy Minister Arvind Kumar Sharma took a tough stand regarding the strike in the late evening press conference. He said that if the contractual electricians join the strike, they will be sacked. In view of the strike, an alert has been declared across the state. The minister claimed that many power organizations have distanced themselves from the strike and many employees want to work. He warned that if anyone stopped the power workers from working, action would be taken against them and if any ‘damage’ was caused during the strike, action would also be taken under Rasuka.
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Action on electricians under ESMA
Arvind Sharma said that if the strike caused problems to the public, the government would take action against the striking electricians under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA). The government has made arrangements to keep the state’s electricity system in order. The Power Minister said that the government is continuously talking to the organizations that have announced the strike. Talks took place on Thursday also for two hours but the ‘dogmatic’ people are not ready to listen. However, the government has still kept the path of talks open.
two hours compulsory extra work
He said that the government has taken steps on many points of the agreement made with the electricity workers on December 3 last. Rest of the points are also being discussed. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Power Officers Association, another wing of electricians, has asked its members in all districts to compulsorily work two hours extra in view of the strike announced by Vidyut Karmachari Sanyukta Sangharsh Samiti to ensure that the state’s power supply is restored. Let the arrangement be fine.
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Agreement between electricity workers and government in 2022
Acting President of the Association Awadhesh Kumar Verma said that the responsibility has been specially given to those electrical engineers who specialize in repairing interrupted power supply. Dubey, the convenor of ‘Electricity Employees Joint Sangharsh Samiti’, said that in the agreement between the electricity workers and the government on December 3, 2022, many points were agreed upon.
Strike on these issues
These include selection of the chairman and managing director of energy corporations by the committee, ordering time-bound pay scales for the three promotional posts available as before, implementation of the Power Sector Employees Protection Act for electricity workers and operationalization of power sub-stations of transmission. And stopping the outsourcing of maintenance is mainly included.
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support of electricity workers strike
Shailendra Dubey said that on the call of the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) in support of the strike of the electricity workers of Uttar Pradesh, about 27 lakh electricity workers across the country demonstrated. NCCOEEE National Convener Prashant Chowdhary has said that if the electricity workers of Uttar Pradesh, who are agitating peacefully, are harassed in any way, then 27 lakh electricity workers of other states of the country will not remain mute spectators and any such oppressive steps will be taken across the country. There will be strong opposition.
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