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Amid Cold Wave, Outages In J&K As 20,000 Power Sector Employees On Strike


Amid Cold Wave, Outages In J&K As 20,000 Power Sector Employees On Strike

Outages have been reported throughout Jammu and Kashmir. (File picture)

A serious energy breakdown amid excessive chilly wave has pushed massive components of Jammu and Kashmir to the sting as 1000’s of staff of the Power Improvement Division have gone on indefinite strike.

Twenty-thousand staff are protesting towards the federal government transfer to merge J&K Power Improvement Division into the Power Grid Company of India and the handing over of the property to personal firms.

The workers have been on strike from Friday midnight. They’ve determined to not perform any restore and upkeep work till the federal government accepts their calls for.

The workers desire a reversal of presidency choice to privatise property, regularisation of each day wage energy staff, and the discharge of salaries.

There’s a full breakdown of electrical energy in a number of districts. The outage has additionally been reported in Jammu and Srinagar as effectively.

Kashmir is already going through lengthy energy cuts throughout winters due to the large hole between provide and demand.

Since yesterday, staff have been holding protests in all components of Jammu and Kashmir. From linesmen to senior engineers, each worker of the PDD is a part of the strike.

Officers say negotiations have been held with placing staff however failed to interrupt the ice.

The workers say the property constructed over many years by successive governments in J&K are actually up on the market beneath Union territory administration.

“It is a systematic switch of property which we’re opposing. They’re promoting the property of the transmission sector. They wish to give 50% shareholding to the facility grid which is towards the pursuits of Jammu and Kashmir” stated Mr Sachin Tickoo, basic Secretary of energy worker union.

“It is the problem of our existence. It is the struggle of the folks we’re preventing. we shall be left with nothing if we lose the transmission sector. It is the spine of the facility division” stated Mr Tickoo.

He stated the talks with the federal government have been happening at a decrease stage and no high authorities functionary has come ahead to resolve the disaster and assurance that the facility sector won’t be bought to personal firms.

The federal government has not too long ago given cost of the facility division to Nitishwar Kumar, a UP cadre IAS officer who’s principal Secretary to J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha. Makes an attempt to achieve Mr Kumar did not materialise.

Ajaz Ahmad, Chief engineer energy division stated he has been speaking to staff however up to now there’s headway.

“I’ve requested them to name off the strike as a result of folks endure throughout these excessive chilly wave situations: However staff refuse. They need their calls for to be accepted” he stated.

In Srinagar, it is minus 6 levels and a number of other different components of Kashmir are a lot colder. The Met Workplace has predicted an extra drop in minimal temperature and likewise snowfall this week.

The political events in Jammu and Kashmir have been accusing the Central authorities of dispossessing the folks of J&K of their sources ever since J&K was stripped of its statehood and particular constitutional place in 2019.

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