General Body Meeting of PSEB Engineers’ Association was held on 29-11-2018 at Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Hall at Punjabi University Patiala. About 1200 delegates from whole of Punjab, comprising of Assistance Engineers to Engineer-in-Chief participated in this meeting. Hon’ble Brahm Mohindra Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Research & Medical Education was the Chief Guest.
Balbir Singh Sidhu Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Labour was Guest of Honour on this occasion. Sh. A. Venu Prasad, IAS, Principal Secretary/Power-cum CMD/PSTCL and S. Baldev Singh Sran CMD/PSPCL were also present. Er. Padamjit Singh Chief Patron/ All India Power Engineers’ Federation and Sh. Shailendra Dubey, Chairman/ All India Power Engineers’ Federation along with prominent Engineers from Northern States of Haryana, Delhi, J&K, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh also participated.
Er. Sanjeev Sood, President/PSEB Engineers’ Association in his Presidential Address highlighted the achievements made by the two companies named PSPCL and PSTCL during the last 18 months under the able guidance of Punjab Govt. It was brought out that one of the major milestone achieved during this period is to restart the held-up construction activities of Shahpur Kandi Hydel Project. Punjab is expected to get a direct benefit of Rs.850 crore annually with the commissioning of this project. Another milestone is the re-operationalisation of Pachhwara Coal Mine which will translate into a saving of Rs.600 Crore annually on coal expenditure to PSPCL. It was further highlighted that PSPCL was able to sell power outside of the State of Punjab to the tune of Rs.445 crore last year and Rs.976 crore this year.
Er. Sanjeev Sood while highlighting the achievements cautioned the Punjab Govt. and PSPCL/ PSTCL regarding the challenges faced by Punjab Power Sector and requested Hon’ble CM to intervene and register its strong protest to Centre Govt. regarding proposed amendments in the Electricity Act 2003 which are direct attack on federal structure of the country. It was also requested that subsidy to PSPCL shall be paid at time in advance otherwise there will be multiple implications like rise in tariff due to higher loans, non-conversion of loan into grants etc. It was also highlighted that some area of the State has higher distribution losses and sought intervention from State Govt. in this regard.
PSEB Engineers’ Association submitted that grant of lower start to newly recruited Assistant Engineers is a great injustice to the engineers and requested Hon’ble Brahm Mohindra to undo this grave injustice by announcing the same start to all the Assistant Engineers. Association also demanded that State Govt. should allow the power companies to allow regular pay scales to new recruits.
Hon’ble Brahm Mohindra while addressing the gathering stated that Engineers play a vital role in improving the economy of the State. He congratulated the Engineers of PSPCL and PSTCL in their effort to provide quality and uninterrupted power to all the categories of consumers especially industrial sector at competitive rates by adopting prudent policies. He said that the Central Government, by bringing in Amendment in the Electricity Act 2003, the federal structure will be hit. He reiterated power is a main commodity which plays a major role in improving the living standard of a common man.
Sh. A. Venu Prasad IAS Principal Secretary/ Power while congratulating the President, PSEB Engineers’ Association for organizing a successful General Body Meeting 2018 assured to resolve the long pending genuine demand of pay scale of Rs. 18030/- to the Assistant Engineers recruited after 2010 with the State Government and other issues raised by the Association. He also apprised of the efforts made by the Chief Minister Punjab to revive the Shahpur Kandi Project by taking up the matter with J&K Govt.
Er. Baldev Singh Sran, CMD/PSPCL exhorted the Engineers to put in their best efforts to provide power to the consumers of the State efficiently and at affordable price. He also thanked the Punjab Govt. for re-starting the work Shahpur Kandi Project as well as re-operationalisation of the Pachhwara Coal Mine allotted to the State of Punjab by Central Govt.
Er. Shailender Dubey strongly condemned the amendments proposed by Central Government in Electricity Act 2003.
S. Balbir Singh Sidhu Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Labour said that Power Engineers of the State are working in very difficult environment. Punjab Government will resolve their demands on priority
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