Chandigarh: Defying ESMA, thousands of employees of state power distribution companies on Wednesday began a two-day strike to protest the outsourcing of operation and maintenance of 23 power sub-divisions in Haryana even as the state government claimed power supply was normal. Protesting employees raised slogans against the state government at various places for its decision of privatising the job of maintenance and operation of 23 sub-divisions. Describing the decision of the employees to go on strike as unjustified, the government said power supply in ‘the whole state was normal’.
The decision to proceed with the strike came after talks with state government remained inconclusive on Monday. The Joint Action Committee of Haryana power employees unions proceeded on strike late on Tuesday night, Committee’s General Secretary Subhash Lamba said on Wednesday. The government was adamant on its decision of ‘privatisation’, he said, alleging it had forced them to go on strike. Around 23,000 employees of electricity department in the state have stopped work, he said. “The matter can be resolved still if Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar himself intervenes in the matter and the government rolls back the decision of privatisation of 23 sub divisions,” Lamba said. He added the strike shall be peaceful and no power employee shall indulge in any attempt to disrupt power supply.
“The privatisation will not benefit the government in any manner. It will create financial burden on the government,” he claimed. Haryana government had already invoked ESMA to prevent disruption in power supply due to strike. Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Secretary D S Dhesi said despite the strike by a “section of employees” of the power utilities, the consumers were getting 8,000 MW of power today by noon as compared to the average supply of 7,200 MW in the last one week at the same time. The Chief Secretary, who was accompanied by Additional Chief Secretary, Power, Rajan Gupta, said “the power supply in the whole state was normal. Haryana Chief Secretary D S Dhesi and additional Chief Secretary, Power Rajan Gupta addressing a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday. PTI
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