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Power sector workers call off strike in Jammu and Kashmir

Protesting of the Power Development Department in Jammu and Kashmir have called off their strike after written assurance from the administration to put on hold the proposed merger of PDD with Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCI).

An official team led by Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langar and ADGP Mukesh Singh held fresh talks last night with the PDD employee’s association led by its general secretary S Tickoo and gave them a written assurance, sources said.

The government agreed to put on hold the merger of the Power Development Department (PDD) with PGCI and set up a committee to take a relook, they said.

An official said the strike has been called off by the protesting and they will resume duties today. He said 80% of power supply restoration have been done.

The strike had entered its third consecutive day on 20 December. The withdrawal of the strike comes as a relief to the masses as the Valley faces sub-zero temperatures and power outages only made matters worse for the residents, especially in the Jammu division.

The protesting have also received assurances on other issues, including salaries, from the administration.

Manoj Sinha on Monday said 60% electricity in the Union Territory was restored and the administration will achieve 100% restoration by today.

The union territory has been facing a widespread power shutdown since Sunday owing to a deadlock between PDD and the administration over the latter’s bid to privatise electricity in the region.

The lieutenant-general said talks were held with the striking and as of yesterday no dues and salary were pending on part of the government.

“We restored 60% electricity and by tomorrow we will achieve 100% restoration,” Sinha said on the sidelines of a function here yesterday.

“I do not want to name them, but some people have criticized that the has been called to restore electricity. Personnel from REC, NTPC, NHPC, and officers from the army engineering corps have also come. This only shows our commitment,” he said.

Jammu University has postponed offline and online examinations for undergraduate and postgraduate students today in view of the strike.

The PDD held anti-government protests in Srinagar and Jammu demanding in writing from the an assurance that it has shelved the proposal of the merger.

According to the sources, while the administration talked to the employees, it also visited several power distribution facilities in Jammu to speed up the restoration of the electricity supply.

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