Ready to risk arrest: MeECL Employees protest

Shillong, Nov 30: A signature campaign was undertaken by the Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL (Employees) Associations and Unions comprising all employees of MeECL (CCORMAU) today stating that if their demands were not met, they were willing to get arrested.

The campaign states that the employees of the MeECL and its subsidiaries are ‘appalled by the irresponsible actions of the management in not giving priority to employees cost, in spite of our repeated pleas.’

CCORMAU added that they were aware of the fact that the Meghalaya Essential Services Maintenance Act has been invoked by the government of Meghalaya which means that any disruption of essential services may result in arrest of any or all employees of MeECL, should a call for shut down be given.

The Unions sent a memorandum to MeECL CMD demanding salary for the month of October, 2020 be disbursed on or before December 4th 2020, and the salary for the month of November be cleared by December 5th 2020.

It added that all due arrears be cleared and that the management should urgently chalk out and implement a comprehensive plan to revive the corporation with a time-bound roadmap including taking stringent measures such as load shedding to high loss areas.

“That MeECL should take immediate stringent measures to pursue defaulters and to effect recovery of energy dues from them, especially major industrial consumers having large outstanding dues, to the extent of disconnecting power supply to them,” it read.

Further, it stated that MeECL should immediately stop taking any unnecessary or additional loans for projects or schemes like smart metering, DRIP, smart grid, etc to avoid further debt trap.

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