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Haryana: Power Employees Against Move to Privatise 18 Subdivisions

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These 18 subdivisions include 12 in Gurugram, five in Faridabad and one in Rewari.

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Employees of the Haryana power corporations have opposed the plan to "hand over operations and maintenance works in 18 subdivisions of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) to private players."

These 18 subdivisions include 12 in Gurugram, five in Faridabad and one in Rewari.

"The authorities concerned have already started the tendering process to have over the said works to private parties in 18 subdivisions under the Delhi zone instead of filling the 5,806 posts lying vacant in the zone, which we condemn," said Subhash Lamba, vice-president of All Haryana Power Corporations Workers Union.

Lamba further says the underlying motive behind not filling the posts seems to be outsourcing crucial operations and maintenance works. In the garb of providing satisfactory services, Lamba alleges that the move would impact contractual workers.

This could be seen from an official communication pertaining to the Faridabad circle of DHBVN; annual salaries of linemen and junior engineering exceeded the total expenses incurred on the operations and maintenance activities.

A similar decision was taken by the DHBVN management in 2016, but it had to be revoked after a three-day strike by the employees.

To oppose the move, the union is planning to organise gate meetings and state protest demonstrations in all circles.

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