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PSEB Engineers Association demand merger of PSPCL and PSTCL

VINOD GUPTA | August 10, 2022 02:44 PM

CHANDIGARH:PSEB Engineers Association has demanded the merger of PSPCL and PSTCL for more efficiency and coordination. The board of
directors of the merged corporation should be formed purely on the professional competency instead of incorporating officers in their
official capacity.
The move to include even more power centers on the board of directors is against the interests of PSPCL and PSTCL. It is understood that the government is considering making the CMD of one corporation a member of another corporation and vice versa in the name of coordination is not acceptable at all.

Ajay Pal Singh Atwal general secretary of the association said that they are of the strong view that such a top-heavy board of directors with nonprofessional members will only put more red tapism and inefficiency in the power corporations rather than giving any positive impetus. Even, a serious conflict of interest will be there in case representatives of such like PEDA or
organisations that are in business with power corporations are introduced to the board of directors.

Jasvir Singh Dhiman, President of the association said that such steps will be detrimental to the efficiency of the state power sector and the consequences which will be faced by the state in the coming years. Association
demanded that the existing structure of PSPCL and PSTCL should only be changed to make a board of directors more professional and not on the other side to make it bureaucratic.
The decisions taken by the board of directors of PSPCL & PSTCL are being referred to the Punjab Government without any reason while the board is fully competent to take any decision under Electricity Act 2003.
Corporations have already representatives from the Punjab government and the decisions taken by the board are again being challenged by Punjab Government
departments being headed by the same persons. This virtually halts the working of power corporations.
The Association has demanded withholding any such move which changes the structure of the board of directors to bureaucratic and written a letter to chief minister Punjab on this issue and has sought an urgent meeting for detailed discussion on this issue.

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