MeECL employees not to go ahead with total shutdown in Meghalaya

Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 4 | Publish Date: 12/4/2020 12:28:48 PM IST
Agitating employees of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) under the banner of the Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL (Employees) Associations and Unions (CCORMAU) have decided not to go ahead with their proposed power shutdown but has decided to mount pressure on the government with other forms of agitations to clear their pending salaries. 
CCORMAU vice president, Arju Dkhar said that they have decided not to shut down power supply and harass the consumers. 
The employees had threatened to go on a “total shut down” in the State if the government do not clear their pending salaries  are not cleared by December 5. 
“We have decided not to harass the power consumers of the state by shutting down power. We would restore to other forms of agitation to pressurise the government to release our salaries,” Dkhar said. 
Over 3000  MECL employees are yet to receive their October and November salaries.
“A general meeting would be held on December 11  which will be attended by employees from different districts of the State and in that meeting the employees would decide what course of action they would take,” Dkhar said.
“Perhaps we would stop work in the offices if our salaries are not release. But at the same time, we would ensure power generation and distribution works are not stopped,” he said.
MeECL is reeling under financial pressure for the past decade. On several occasions, the state government has been coming to its assistance by providing loan.
On Thursday, Meghalaya Power Minister James Sangma said that the government is in constant touch with the MeECL to find ways and means to resolve the long pending salaries of the employees. 
“This is a problem which requires a long-term and short-term solution and not only for these two months (October and November),” Sangma said. 


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