UP Power Corporation employees have threatened to launch a stir if their long standing demands were not accepted by the state government and power utilities. Major demands include the removal of pay anomalies and restoration of old pension system for employees recruited after 2000 and appointment of regular employees against all vacant posts.
The Power Employee’s Joint Action Committee that met in Lucknow on Tuesday demanded that contractual employees be given priority in appointment against vacant posts. They also demanded revision of pension as per seventh pay commission. Convener of UPPEJAC Shailendra Dube said that reforms in power sector initiated in January, 2000 have failed to deliver and losses of power distribution companies had only multiplied several times in the last two decades. Dube said that unbundling of UP State Electricity Board into three companies in 2000 failed, and so the Board should be reconstituted. He said that the NDA government at the Centre should withdraw Indian Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014 pending in the Parliament.