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Crisis Can Be Averted
1/21/2022 11:19:52 PM

Employees of the Power Development Department (PDD) have threatened to go on strike from February 1, if the government fails to fulfill the promises it had made to them when they had called off the strike last month.
According to these employees the government had promised them that their demands will be looked into and these will be addressed on a fast track basis. After assurances from the government, the PDD employees resumed their normal work. After the strike was called off, the government hasn’t done anything to address the demands of the employees and now they are once again threatening to agitate.
When the PDD employees went on a strike, the J&K administration had to seek Army’s help to restore power supply in many areas. It was for the first time in 70-years that the Army was called in to restore the essential supplies.
Before going on strike last time the PDD employees had given many ultimatums to the government but their warnings and pleas were not heard. The government couldn’t anticipate what was coming and the strike could snowball into a major crisis. It allowed the things to slip out of the hands following which a common man had to remain in darkness for days together.
It seems that the helmsmen haven’t learnt anything from their past mistakes and are not paying much attention towards the demands being raised by the employees of the Power Department. If the employees decide to go on a strike again J&K can once again witness an electricity crisis as no one will come forward to repair the technical snags.
The genuine demands of the PDD employees need to be addressed at the earliest. It’s strange that since the day they have called off the strike, no headway has been made towards addressing their issues. It seems that the JK administration is waiting for another crisis. One needs to ask the people who are managing the affairs of J&K, why should a common man suffer due to their rigid approach? Can’t they act well in advance to prevent the situation from taking an ugly turn and a simple issue blowing out of proportion.
The PDD employees have made it clear that they have decided their future course of action. Now the ball is in the court of the government. If it wants to avoid the crisis it should not wait for employees to go on the strike. It can start holding talks with them well in advance.
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