Total power shutdown if salaries not paid: MeECL employees

Shillong, Nov 26: MeECL employees under the umbrella of the Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL (Employees) Associations and Unions (CCORMAU), today threatened to stop working if their salaries weren’t released for the month of October.

“We want to state that if we don’t get our pay for the month of October by today and the salary of November by December 5th there will be total shut down of power in the state,” Arju Dkhar, CCORMAU Vice President stated.

He made the comment at a protest held in MeECL Headquarters, Lumjingshai during lunch hour earlier today.

CCORMAU President P.K Shullet even threatened that the unions will go on a hunger strike if their demands were not met.

“First priority should be the payment of employees cost. We are not going to tolerate this, we are going to go all out. If need be we will also go for a hunger strike,” he said.

CCORMAU was participating in the All India protest called by the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Engineers and Employees (NCCoEEE) and All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) against the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

The protest was against the Standard Bidding Document that has been circulated by the center to the states, which is reportedly intended for privatisation of Electricity Distribution Companies (Discoms) across the country.

The Coordination Committee also demanded the release of dues to pensioners, regularisation of contract employees, scrapping smart meter project in the state and more.