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State Power Development, J&K Dispelled Any Privatisation Of Power Sector

Authorities of the State Power Development department have dispelled rumours of any privatisation of the power sector in J&K

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The government proposes to unbundle the department to break it into four profit-oriented companies. Pixabay

Authorities of the State Power Development department have dispelled rumours of any privatisation of the power sector in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

For the last fortnight, employees of the state power development department have been agitating against privatisation. The agitation is fuelled by fear that once privatised, service benefits and service protection of the serving employees would be compromised.

Speaking to IANS, Qazi Hashmat, Chief Engineer, Maintenance and Rural Electrification, said: “The rumours of privatisation are completely unfounded. There is no plan to privatise the department.

“The government proposes to unbundle the department to break it into four profit-oriented companies.

“These would include electric power generation (Genco), power distribution Jammu (Discom Jammu), power distribution valley (Discom Valley) and the power buying and selling company (Trade Co). All these would be completely state-owned companies.

“Ofcourse these companies would be profit-oriented while they will protect the service benefits of the present employees that includes the chief engineer down to the level of our lineman.

“All the presently serving employees/officers would continue to be government servants while they serve these state owned companies on deputation,” the Chief Engineer said.

Squashing fears of the employees losing their service benefits, the Chief Engineer said, “Instead of losing any of their present benefits the profit-oriented companies would work out better working conditions and benefits for their staffs”.

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The agitation is fuelled by fear that once privatised, service benefits and service protection of the serving employees would be compromised. Pixabay

He said after these four state-owned companies come into existence after the complete unbundling of the power development department, future employments would be made by the companies and those engaged thereafter would be employees of these companies.

“It will take many years before these companies can employ their own staff. Till that time, all of us serving the department presently would continue to be government servants on deputation.

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“A big advantage after these companies come into existence is that we can check power pilferage, fix tariffs and supply uninterrupted power without any political interference. The Trade Co can decide buy power at peak hours without any official red-tapism involved”, the Chief Engineer said. (IANS)

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In the wake of a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Nepal, the Union Health Ministry has subsequently strengthened its vigil in the areas bordering Nepal.

The recent deployment of health team has taken place at Panitanki in West Bengal, entry point from Nepal, said the Health Ministry on Monday.

“Update on #ncov2020 – Subsequent to confirmed #coronarvirus case in #Nepal, vigil strengthened at Panitanki (West Bengal) entry point from Nepal,” the ministry tweeted.

Earlier on Sunday the ministry had informed that in response to confirmed case of the new virus in the neighbourhood country Nepal, India stepped up vigil in districts bordering Nepal. The health ministry said that teams of medical experts were also deployed at border outpost with Nepal at Jhulaghat and Jauljibi in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand.

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In continuation of its efforts to stop the virus from entering in India and making the passengers aware, the ministry has also displayed signage advising the passengers for self reporting and other precautions, disseminated through advisories, at the Mumbai airport.

According to the health ministry, a total of 29,707 passengers from 137 flights have been screened. Fortunately, no case of coronavirus has been found till date.

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According to the announcement made by Chinese health authorities on Monday, 2,744 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including 461 in critical condition and a total of 5,794 suspected cases have also been reported. The killer virus has caused 80 deaths in China, as per Chinese authorities.

Many Indian students studying in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak have been stuck there. The health ministry said it is working closely with the Ministry of External Affairs and is in touch with the students. (IANS)