KCR favours regularization of services of outsourcing staff in power sector

  • Asks them to call off strike move, seeks talks

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao directed officials on Thursday to examine the possibilities of regularizing services of all the outsourcing employees working in the TSTransco, TSGenco and Discoms in a phased manner. He also asked the Electricity Employees Unions to call off their proposed strike and come for a discussion.

The Chief Minister felt that the outsourcing employees, who have been working for several years on nominal salaries, should be regularized on humanitarian grounds and asked the officials to prepare guidelines for this. He also advised the Electricity Employees Unions to call off their proposed strike and come for talks with Power Minister K Jagadeeshwar Reddy on Friday and sort out the problems.

KCR recalled that salaries of the employees working in the electricity department as well as the outsourcing staff had been increased. However, the state government was ready to settle all the issues of the electricity employees amicably at the table, he said.

The Chief Minister held a review meeting on the issues pertaining to the electricity employees at Pragathi Bhavan on Thursday. Energy Minister Jagadeeshwar Reddy, TSGenco CMD D Prabhakar Rao, TS SPDCL CMD Raghuma Reddy, TSNPDCL CMD  Gopal Rao, and Special Chief Secretary (Energy)  Ajay Mishra, CMO Principal Secretaries  S Narsing Rao and Shanti Kumari participated in the review meeting.

TSGenco CMD Prabhakar Rao and other officials informed the Chief Minister that the outsourcing employees were rendering valuable service in the management of sub-stations, power lines, power plants and in handling the administrative work. There has been demand for regularization of the outsourcing employees for a long time.

The Chief Minister asked the Electricity Employees Union not to become party to the strike call given on political considerations. He asked them to withdraw the strike notice and avert inconvenience to the general public. KCR also asked the Energy Minister to invite employees unions’ leaders for talks, once they call off the strike. He also asked the minister to solve their problems amicably. -NSS

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