A DAY after employees of public thermal plants met AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, Punjab Congress manifesto committee convener Manpreet Singh Badal reached out to them in Bathinda.
Manpreet said the issue raised by employees will be part of the manifesto. “We will review the terms of the contract signed with private thermal power plants if voted to power. Thermals will run to its full capacity. In addition, any new recruitment will be on regular basis and contract jobs will be stopped altogether,” he said to employees of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal plant employees joint forum.
Employees of all public thermal plants in Bathinda, Lehra Mohabbat and Ropar are protesting since October 1 – the day when the Punjab state power corporation Limited (PSPCL) shut the plants till March 31, 2017. The company argued that it got cheaper power from private thermals within the state.
Nar Inder Singh, senior vice-president of the joint forum said, “Yesterday, we had reached out to Kejriwal and today we submitted a memorandum to Manpreet Badal as well. We are approaching all political parties as it is a problem of the whole state.”