PDD employees ask Govt to show flexibility

The employees of Power Development Department (PDD) on Thursday threatened a stir if their demands were not met at the earliest.
PDD employees ask Govt to show flexibility
Photo: Mubashir Khan/GK

The employees of Power Development Department (PDD) on Thursday threatened a stir if their demands were not met at the earliest. 

Addressing a news conference after the 48-hour strike of the employees here the State President of J&K Electrical Employees Union (JKEEU) Abdul Salaam Rajpuri said, "We will re-launch the suspended strike programme if the government doesn't show flexibility. The union would call for another 72-hour strike soon to press for the demands of PDD employees." 

On Wednesday the PDD employees had began 48-hour strike against the recent spike in the electrocution of their employees in absence of safety tools and equipments. The employees, who were protesting under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Electrical Employees Union (JKEEU) are demanding risk allowance for PDD employees who are prone to risk during their duties. "It is unfortunate that no risk allowance is being sanctioned in favour of the field staff. In two months we lost our nine employees due to electrocution and their families are still waiting for ex-gratia and compensation," Rajpuiri said.

He said they want a risk allowance on the pattern of police department. He said that despite working tirelessly round the clock the wages of the low rung employees always remaining pending with the government.

He said there is an urgent need of training as per National Training programme to the staff members, who risk their lives for the sake of their duty. 

Besides risk allowance, the PDD employees are demanding creation of posts in newly created circles and divisions; creation of 3675 post of Tech-III; health insurance and implementation of SRO-381

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