Electricity employees call off stir
Electricity Employees of Andhra Pradesh, who were on flash strike since Sunday morning demanding implementation of their pay revision already agreed upon by the government, called off their strike here last night after marathon talks ended successfully.
The talks between officials of the Energy Department and representatives of the striking employees ended at about 2220 hrs after the management agreed to pay interim relief of 27.5 per cent of their basic pay to regular employees and pensioners and 10 per cent to contract employees. The final pay would be decided after the elected governments in the two states of Telangana and Andhra take over. The employees resumed duties from midnight. The strike had an immediate impact on the Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Station in Vijayawada, where 1,760 MW power generation was hit. Likewise, power generation was stalled at the 1,050 MW Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project in Kadapa district.
At the Kothagudem Thermal Power Station in Khammam, only 172 MW was generated as against 1,720 MW. Except some cities like Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam in the state, a majority of the areas, mainly rural, suffered power cuts since Sunday night due to strike.
(Posted on 28-05-2014)