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AIPEF condemns Discoms management of Haryana

October 11, 2017 03:28 PM

Punjab News Express/Vinod Gupta
CHANDIGARH : All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has issued a white paper on management failure in Haryana to check power thefts, manhandling of engineers by the public and the disciplinary action against the office bearers of Haryana Power Engineers Association for protesting against manhandling.
The white paper has been sent today to Chief Minister Haryana, Prime Minister ,Union Minister of State for power and other officials, said Padamjit Singh Chief patron AIPEF..
The high handed Discoms administration under the control of an IPS officer is forcing the engineers and staff to intensify power raids to check power thefts, even at night hours to achieve impossible targets because of ttotally unmanageable workloads at working levels of SDO and XEN.
While carrying out raids for detecting power theft either the police protection is not provided or it remained totally ineffective. As a result instances of engineers and staff being assaulted and injured by the power thieves and their associates have multiplied enormously. The incidences of manhandling of engineers have been reported from Ambala, Karnal, Kaithal, Rohtak and Panipat circles.
With the increase of manhandling incidences and no help from the management the Association decided that the engineers will not carry out raids against power thefts during night hours. Instead of understanding the problem and taking corrective measures, the Discoms management have now started disciplinary action against the office bearers of the Engineers Association.
It was also reported in the meeting that Chief Engineer operation UHBVN, Panchkula has directed the engineers not to raise issue of manhandling in the official Whatsapp group so that Discoms management remained unbothered on the issue.
It may be mentioned that the Haryana Electricity regulatory Commission (HERC) in its order of July 2017 has taken an adverse view of Discoms failure to reduce losses. The figures of Aggregate Technical& Commercial Losses (AT&C Losses) of Haryana Discoms are 30.23% for DHBVN and 35.03 % for UHBVN .The AT&C losses in Haryana are more than double the Gujarat figures of 16.19%.
The managements of Discoms are following the approach of “Shooting the messenger”. Instead of appreciating the truthful and correct feedback. Instead of appreciating management lapse in failure to provide police protection, the top cop administration is retaliating by threat of disciplinary proceedings

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