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Amid Cold Wave, Outages Across J&Okay With 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 hundreds of workers of the Power Development Department have gone on indefinite strike.

Twenty-thousand workers are protesting towards the federal government transfer to merge J&Okay Power Development Department into the Power Grid Corporation of India and the handing over of the belongings to personal firms.

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

The workers need a reversal of presidency resolution to privatise belongings, regularisation of day by day wage energy workers, and the discharge of salaries.

There is an entire breakdown of electrical energy in a number of districts. The outage has additionally been reported in Jammu and Srinagar as effectively.

Kashmir is already dealing with lengthy energy cuts throughout winters due to the massive hole between provide and demand.

Since yesterday, workers 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.

Officials say negotiations have been held with hanging workers however failed to interrupt the ice.

The workers say the belongings constructed over many years by successive governments in J&Okay at the moment are up on the market below Union territory administration.

“It’s a systematic transfer of assets which we are opposing. They are selling the assets of the transmission sector. They want to give 50% shareholding to the power grid which is against the interests of Jammu and Kashmir” stated Mr Sachin Tickoo, common Secretary of energy worker union.

“It’s the issue of our existence. It’s the fight of the people we are fighting. we will be left with nothing if we lose the transmission sector. It’s the backbone of the power department” stated Mr Tickoo.

He stated the talks with the federal government have been happening at a decrease stage and no prime authorities functionary has come ahead to resolve the disaster and assurance that the facility sector is not going to be offered to personal firms.

The authorities has lately given cost of the facility division to Nitishwar Kumar, a UP cadre IAS officer who’s principal Secretary to J&Okay Lt Governor Manoj Sinha. Attempts to achieve Mr Kumar did not materialise.

Ajaz Ahmad, Chief engineer energy division stated he has been speaking to workers however to this point there’s headway.

“I have requested them to call off the strike because people suffer during these extreme cold wave conditions: But employees refuse. They want their demands 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 Office has predicted an additional drop in minimal temperature and in addition snowfall this week.

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

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