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3,000 power staff on strike from today

Nearly 3,000 employees of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited and Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited in Pune will join the state-wide indefinite stir that will begin on Monday midnight.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
July 21, 2009 3:49:29 am

Nearly 3,000 employees of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited and Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited in Pune will join the state-wide indefinite stir that will begin on Monday midnight. Apart from clerical staff and linemen,employees at the level of subordinate and deputy engineers have also decided to join the agitation to demand revision in their salaries.

Jayant Limaye,Joint Secretary Subordinate Engineers Association of Pune said there are 90,000 employees across the state. When the pay was revised in 2003,revenue of the power utility was Rs 800 crore. Now it is Rs 1,900 crore per month. The transmission and distribution losses have also been brought down from 37 per cent to 24 per cent. However,there is no increase in our pay,says Limaye.

“While we do not want to cause inconvenience to the consumer,at least eight unions have been pressing forth their demands for the last month and to no avail,” he says. “A KPMG committee had been constituted to compare salaries of employees across the electricity boards in the country. But the management has taken an indifferent stand. We have no option but to strike,” he added.

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