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Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has declared Rs 13,500 ex-gratia for all regular staff members of three power companies that came into being after bifurcating the Maharashtra State Electricity Board.
“Workers unions had demanded Rs 21,000 ex-gratia. However, citing financial crunch and frequent power cuts in the state, Bawankule has announced Rs 13,500,” said Syed Zaheeruddin, general secretary of Maharashtra Vij Tantrik Kamgar Sanghatana.
Zaheeruddin said in a statement that technical workers union had demanded that the government grant ex-gratia to all workers including staff, employees, engineers and officers as well as those who were serving as assistants.
Accordingly, a meeting was held in Mumbai on September 29 to discuss the ex-gratia. It was attended by managing directors of all three companies.
Another meeting was held in Nagpur on Friday. There, after a prolonged discussion the minister announced Rs 13,500 for all staff and Rs 7,500 for people working as assistants, said Zaheeruddin. Last year the staff received Rs 12,500 as ex-gratia.
The minister asked workers to pay attention in performing their duties well, avoid accidents and lapse in service. Zaheeruddin also said that the minister directed action against those engineers and workers who don’t stay at the place of their posting and provide false evidence of their attendance. He also directed to ensure that accidents are brought down.
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