PSEB engineers claim bias in ACRs

The PSEB Engineers’ Association of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant in Ropar...

Written by Satish Jagota | Ropar | Published:July 11, 2009 2:56 am

The PSEB Engineers’ Association of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP) in Ropar,has expressed anguish over the ‘tinkering’ of Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) of engineers by the outgoing general manager of the thermal plant K K Sood.

In a resolution passed during the meeting of extended council of the association,the engineers said their worst fears came true when the information obtained by the association through an RTI application revealed that the ACRs of engineers had been tinkered with by Sood who retired on May 31.

“The worrisome aspect in the whole situation is that the tinkering has been allowed despite a submission of mass memorandum by GGSSTP engineers to the Board management requesting to restrain the general manager from writing ACRs for this year,” the council said.

“The council was shocked over the ACR given to Senior Vice-President of the association S C Chabba,known for his crusade against corruption which resulted in a financial gain of crores to the Board due to his zero tolerance on corruption in the civil maintenance circle of thermal plant,” members of the council added.

Chabba,however,has been under rated and classed average by Sood.

The Council asserted the achievements of Chabba, particularly the plugging of breach of micro hydel channel in time was completely ignored while marking him.

Claiming bias in ACRs,the engineers said,“More disclosures under the RTI Act would completely demoralise the engineers cadre,especially those who took a stand against the wrong policies of Sood. They would fear becoming likely victims of vindictive functioning.”

The council further stated that the episode involving tinkering with ACRs was unprecedented in the history of the thermal plant.

The council urged the PSEB management to look into the matter and “expunge such underratings suo moto from ACRs so that the credibility of the system remains intact and acts as a deterrence in future for unprincipled officers who judge officers not on the basis of work but on the basis of subservience to devious policies.”

The council has called an emergency meeting of engineers of the region on July 13 to further chalk out a programme of action seeking justice in the matter.

The council has also decided to lodge a peaceful protest against Sood.

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