Haryana power engineers demand safety

August 21, 2017 12:04 PM

Punjab News Express/Vinod Gupta
CHANDIGARH : Haryana Power Engineers Association strongly condemns the increasing incidences of manhandling of engineers while performing their duties to check power theft in their areas by the consumers and has demanded that the management should ensure safety of engineers and raiding party.
The association noted with great concern that a number of incidences have occurred in recent past where engineers entrusted with the job of checking power pilferage have been manhandled. Engineers who are trying to reduce AT& C losses by checking the theft of power are left to defend themselves in case of manhandling by influential consumers.
The engineers in a representation to CMD of Nigams have forwarded copies of various FIR’s. The latest case of manhandling has happened at Kaithal on August 19 where consumer with the help of other people and women confined the raiding party and forced them to reinstall the meter. The accompanying police party remained a mute spectator.
It is also worth mentioning here that on many occasions the officers of the Nigam also avoid to get lodge the report with Police Authorities. In present scenario the engineers and their support staff have to discharge their duties under continues threat of violent resistance from the public.

K D Bansal President of HPEA said that the Association had discussed the genuine grievances of engineers on June 21 with the CMD at Panchkula. Despite assurances that all the matters will be solved in a fixed time frame but nothing has happened even after a period of two months.

The anomaly in pay scale of Assistant Engineers, reinstatement of suspended engineers and manhandling of engineers by the influential consumers are the issues that needs immediate attention of management. It is also added that on one hand engineers are facing violent public for the benefit of HPUs and their lives are in danger and on the other side management is blind folded towards their genuine grievances.
The Association has sought immediate meeting to discuss these issues and future course of action will be decided in next executive meeting to be held at Kurukshetra.

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