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PDD Employees Stage Protest Against Unbundling Of The Department In Sopore

Waris Fayaz

Sopore, 01 June : Employees of the Power Development Department (PDD) on Monday staged peaceful protest demonstrations in Sopore town of North Kashmir against the move of the Government to unbundle the department.

Protest was Led by the Power Employees Coordination Committee North circle Shakeel Ahmed and others, many engineers, technical staff and clerical employees of PDD said no transparency was involved in unbundling and claimed that jobs of employees is at stake as there is no detailed transition plan for the employees.

The protesters also said that employees are concerned about their future in these companies since the road map is not clear.

They said, these companies shall make their own recruitment and promotion rules leading to a situation where the employees of PDD shall be facing the shortage of promotion avenues.

The protesters demanded assurance about 100 percent budgetary support for drawing salary and arrears as and when due to the employees up to the date of superannuation and this should be made part of the transition plan document.

They also demanded that the Government should assure benefits like payment of gratuity, pension, DA, SRO 43, medical benefits, annual increments and benefits of pay commissions.