MeECL employees withdraw agitation after ‘fruitful meeting’

Correspondent Shillong, Dec 16 | Publish Date: 12/16/2020 11:15:16 AM IST
Employees of Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeCL) on Wednesday suspended their agitation after a “fruitful meeting” with the Chief Managing Director of the State-owned power corporation regarding their demands.     
“The management called us for discussion and the meeting was fruitful, so we are suspending our agitation,” General Secretary of Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL Employees Associations and Unions (CCORMAU), Banshan Nongkhlaw told reporters after the meeting.          
During the meeting with Chief Managing Director of MeECL, Arun Kembhavi,  Nongkhlaw said both the management and the employees discussed not just pending salaries of the employees, but also on the long term plan for financial recovery of the corporation.         
“The management has agreed to give in to their demand in writing,” he claimed, adding that the employees were forced to organize the agitation as they had no other options.          
Stating that the employees would see that the consumers’ problems are resolved, Nongkhlaw said, “We would like to say that any problems that the consumers are facing we would try to resolve those. The corporation provides essential service to the people as electricity is very essential.”            
The recourse-crunched MeECL has been unable to pay its employees’ salaries for the past three months and are also against moves to privatize the organization. They also want the smart metering project to stop as consumers would have to pay for installation of the smart meters.         
However, the management has assured there are no moves to privatize the corporation and consumers would not have to pay for the smart meters. The salaries of the employees would be disbursed before Christmas.         
Meanwhile, MeECL Chairman cum Managing Director, ArunKembhavi had informed that the corporation would be releasing the October salary of the employees this week and the November and December salaries would be cleared before Christmas.
The employees went on a pen down strike on Tuesday and they intensified their agitation by holding a hunger strike on Wednesday before the management called them for the meeting
Kembhavi said the management is in fact against privatization of the corporation.“We are ourselves against privatization although there was some move to hand over the distribution to private players,” he added.
On the proposal to acquire a Rs. 200 crore loan from the Rural Electrification Corporation, Kembhavi said, the smart metering would improve the revenue collection of the corporation.“The consumers would not have to bear the cost of the smart meters or any additional costs,” he added


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