Prof.Prem Kumar Dhumal,Chief Minister H.P addressing the rally of HPSEB Sarv Karmchari Mahasangh at Shimla today. Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, said that state would take up the matter of stopping trifurcation of the HP State Electricity Board at the highest level of Government of India and vouch for the interests of the employees. He was addressing the rally of HPSEB Sarv Karmchari Mahasangh at Shimla today.
Chief Minister said that he was already in touch with the appropriate authorities at the Government of India level and raising the issue at different level to stop the trifurcation of the HP State Electricity Board. He said that best efforts would be made to get the matter sorted out in the best interest of the employees of the Board. He said that there were no valid reasons for the trifurcation of the State Electricity Board. He said that the interest of the employees were dear to the government and no stone would be left unturned to protect the interests of the employees.
Prof. Dhumal said that the state government had always maintained cordial relations with the employees of the state and provided various financial benefits from time to time besides delivering them promotional benefits. He said that on returning to power the first and foremost decisions taken included enhancement in the daily wages of the workers from Rs. 75 to Rs. 100 in one go registering a record increase of over 33 percent to the daily wage workers. He said that the decision had benefitted lakhs of families who would be getting an enhancement of Rs. 750 per month, which had never happened in the history of the state so far. He said that while presenting the budget estimated for the coming financial year 5 percent had been announced as Interim Relief to the state employees although many a states had yet to make such announcement in the interest of the employees. He said that the interim relief would burden the state exchequer by Rs. 300 crore annually. He assured the employees that best efforts would be made to protect their interests.
Chief Minister said that in his earlier term he had provided a number of incentives to the state employees while some additional benefits were delivered to the technical employees of the HPSEB. He said that the technical employees of the board were technically well qualified and experienced who had rendered valuable services in construction of a number of hydro electric projects in the state. He said that the technical employees were the back bone of the Board and needed to discharge their duties more dedicatedly and devotedly so that optimum exploitation of the hydro potential was achieved for the best interest of the state. He assured the employees that the state government was committed to protect the interest of its employees.
Shri Dev Raj Sharma, President of the Mahasangh, welcomed the Chief Minister and apprised him of various demands which included stopping of the trifurcation of the HP State Electricity Board. He assured the Chief Minister that the entire technical employees wings would work in close coordination to achieve the objective of hydro electric exploitation available in the state.