• KCR tells power staff to give up Dec 6 stir plan in Telangana

    Chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) on Thursday instructed officials to examine the possibilities of regularising all the outsourced employees working in Telangana Transco, Genco and Discoms in a phased manner.

    Accordingly, KCR asked the electricity employees’ unions to call off their proposed strike on December 6 and invited them for talks. Interestingly, only 24 hours ago, he told officials to act sternly with the employees who threatened to go on strike.

    During a review meeting held at Pragati Bhavan, the chief minister felt that the outsourced employees who have been working for several years on nominal salaries should be regularized on humanitarian grounds and asked officials to prepare guidelines in this regard.

    He also asked the unions to drop their proposed stir and meet energy minister K Jagadeeshwar Reddy on Friday and sort out the problems.

    In this context, the CM recalled that salaries of the employees working in electricity department were increased substantially in the past and salaries of the outsourced employees were also hiked. The state government is also ready to amicably settle all the issues raised by the employees, he said.

    Telangana Genco and Transco CMD Prabhakar Rao and other officials brought to the notice of the chief minister the demands of electricity employees and outsourced workers. They informed the chief minister that the outsourced workers were rendering services in the management of sub stations, power lines, power plants as well as handling administrative work.

    However, the chief minister reiterated that employees working in the power sector could solve their problems through discussions with the government and hence there is no need for them to go on a strike.

    The chief minister also asked the employees not to fall prey to the strike call given on political considerations and not to put general public to inconvenience by going on a strike. Nick Fairley Authentic Jersey

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