|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Oct, 22: The J&K Central Non-Gazetted Electrical Employees Union (J&K CNGEEU) held press conference under the Chairmanship of Gurnam Singh Slathia Provincial President comprising of Surjeet Khajuria Provincial Secretary, Raj Kumar, Kiran Pal, Pardeep Singh, S. Balveer Singh (Dhara), Yogh Raj Singh, Vijay Gandhi, Ashok Singh as spokes persons briefly spoken on present scenario in power sector of J&K.
They said Power Development Department has been re-organized in the year 1981 that too up to 60% requirements. Since then a huge expansion has been made to the infrastructure by way of construction of a large number of grid stations, receiving Stations and laying of HV Transmission Lines. Moreover, the electricity facilities have been extended to about 90% of the rural areas. However, the manpower required for smooth maintenance of this huge infrastructure has not been provided and no attempt to create the adequate posts for the required manpower has been made by the administration even after repeated requests, which has resulted in an acute dearth of staff in the department to look after this huge infrastructure. The dearth of staff is so acute that a lineman has to look after 10-15 Sub-Stations along with HT/LT transmission lines, which has affected the smooth electric supply gravely and the common man has become the ultimate sufferer. This has damaged the image and reputation of the government and the department evenly.