Shillong, Dec 13: The Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL (Employee) Associations and Unions (CCORMAU) has urged the government to scrap the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (Smart Metering) Project in its current form.
This demand was made during the general meeting of all employees held on December 11.
The coordination committee said that the project must be handed over to the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) which has the mandate to execute such project with zero investment from the utility under the National Smart Metering Program (NSMP) of the Government of India.
It may be mentioned that the opposition Congress had alleged that the conditions in the tendering process for the smart metering project have been made in such a way to ensure only one bidder of their choice qualifies.
However, Power Minister James K Sangma clarifying to the accusation that the tendering process favoured only one bidder, said that, only one bidder qualified as per the technical criteria, despite the six month tendering process.
The CCORMAU also resolved that since the MoU signed by MePDCL with the Byrnihat Industries Association for special tariff is detrimental to the financial health of the organisation, that management should immediately terminate the MoU in accordance with the exit clause provided therein.
The Body further resolved that Management should immediately stop availing of unnecessary additional loans and unwanted components thereof.
However, the CCORMAU wants that the government should take immediate measures to arrange for loan as per provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003 to resolve the issue of terminal benefits, including actuarial valuation within three months.
It may be mentioned that the general meeting had also announced a series of agitations to pressure the government for fulfillment of their various demands.
The MeECL employees will resort to a ‘pen down’ strike on December 15.
The salaries of the MeECL employees have remained pending for the last two months.
On December 16 and 17, the executive committee members of the CCORMAU would stage a hunger strike. On December 21, the employees will suspend all maintenance works during office hours from 10 am to 4 pm.
On January 12, the non-factory workers will go on mass casual leave and march to the State Secretariat to press for fulfilment of their demand.
On January 18, the employees’ organisation will launch a total non-cooperation movement involving all – from the peon to the chief engineer. There will be a total shutdown of service and non-cooperation from January 22 in the event of non-disbursement of salaries even till that time.