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Posted at: Jun 13, 2019, 7:27 AM; last updated: Jun 13, 2019, 7:27 AM (IST)

Powercom staff seek pending salaries

Powercom staff seek pending salaries
Powercom contractual employees protest in Bathinda on Wednesday. Photo: Vijay Kumar

Tribune News Service
Bathinda, June 12

Under the banner of the Theka Mulazum Sangharsh Committee Powercom, contractual employees of the PSPCL staged a protest outside the west zone office of Powercom here on Wednesday over non-payment of salaries and annual bonus.

Raising slogans against officials and the state government, the protesters accused them of not fulfilling their long-pending demands.

Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Gurvinder Singh Pannu, president of the union, said, “We have not been getting our salaries on time for the past many months. We have not received salary for May. Despite repeated reminders to the officials concerned, we continue to face inconvenience. Moreover, Powercom has not given us the annual increment for the past one year ever since we were adjusted in power grids and other units from Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant.”

Pannu added, “While working under GNDTP, we used to get a bonus — salary of one month— on every Diwali, but after being shifted to power grids and other units of Powercom, we have not received the bonus. Owing to the apathetic attitude of the authorities, around 628 contractual employees have not received their annual increment (twice annually) on their salaries. It is shocking that our salaries are as low as Rs7,000 and the government still finds it difficult to release it on time.”

When contacted, Mukesh Bansal, Chief Engineer, Powercom Department (Bathinda), said, “The contract has been given to a private company to manage affairs related to contractual employees. From our end, we have forwarded their demand. Sometimes, the unavailability of funds or longer processing time delays the salaries of employees. We have taken up the matter with the higher authorities and the salary of contractual employees is most likely to be released in a day or two.”

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