120 gram vidyut pratinidhis held

Special Correspondent

Talks over demand for incentives, job security fail

Demands Increase monthly honorarium to Rs. 4,000Scrap new agreement on recruitment of GVPs

GULBARGA: The talks between representatives of the Gram Vidyut Pratinidhi Kshema Abviruddi Sangha and Managing Director of the Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company (GESCOM) on the demands made by Sangha for restoring payment of incentives and job security of gram vidyut pratinidhis (GVPs) have failed.

Dharna staged

Sangha members, who were on an indefinite dharna had withdrawn their stir, following the assurance to resolve their demands in a meeting with the Managing Director of the GESCOM a couple of days back.

However, in Friday's meeting, the official of the GESCOM said that a decision on their demands cannot be taken at the local level. The State Government had to decide on the issue, the official pointed out.

Road roko

Following the failure of talks, Sangha members tried to organise a rasta roko in front of the GESCOM office forcing the police to arrest over 120 members.

The representatives said that their demands include an increase in the monthly honorarium from the present Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 4,000 as was being paid to their counterparts in BESCOM, MESCOM and HESCOM.

'Unilaterally withdrawn'

The eight per cent incentive paid to the GVPs from the revenue collection has also been unilaterally withdrawn by the GESCOM, while other electricity companies continued the payment.

They demanded that the GESCOM restore payment of incentives to the gram vidyut pratinidhis immediately.

They also demanded that the electricity company ensure job security. The new agreement on recruitment of GVPs in the GESCOM area should be scrapped, they said.

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