The services of 23 contractual workers in A.P. Transco, Kadapa Zone, who had put in four to 10 years of service and had been unceremoniously terminated, though they were members of the Employees’ Provident Fund, on Tuesday demanded their reinstatement.
While all the contract of workers in Hyderabad Rural and Warangal Rural zones of A.P. Transco had been extended, the authorities concerned had extended the services of only 68 of the 91 workers in Kadapa zone, the aggrieved workers including Shaik Kareemullah, P. Nagaraju, P. Siva Prasad and M. Reddy Kumari represented to District Collector K. Sasidhar in the evening. The Collector promised them that he would take up their issue with A.P. Transco Chairman and Managing Director Satish Chander, who was away on training.
The workers earlier appealed to the Chief Engineer of Transmission Lines and Construction, Kadapa Zone, Jayaramaiah and SE, TLC, Pratap Kumar.
The SE had written to the CMD again to sanction extension of services of the 23 contract workers as they had been working for several years, the workers said. Though seven to eight new 132 kv electrical sub-stations were started in Kadapa zone this year, pruning the number of contract workers was atrocious, they said.
The contract workers demanded sanction of the existing posts, as their abrupt removal would leave their families in the lurch. Continuation of the posts did not entail a heavy financial burden as they were only paid salary ranging between Rs. 6,000 and Rs. 8,000.