SRINAGAR: Within two months, the Power Development Department of the state has given two promotions to a junior technical employee of the department, which is a sheer injustice to employees awaiting their promotions since the year 1998.
Two months ago, the PDD had promoted eight employees, vide Order Number 139 of 2018, dated 29.10.2018, and provided them the grade of Rs 4,000-6,000. Now the department has also given a promotion again to these eight employees, vide Order No. CE/MARE/39561-71DPC, dated 07.1.019.
“These junior technical employees were first under the Rs 3,050-4,910 grade, but a few months back, the PDD administration give them a promotion and they were on the grade of 4,000-6,000. Now, two days before, we were surprised when we saw the list on the website where these eight employee had again received promotion and are now in the 5000-8000 grade,” said the General Secretary of the Technical Employees Fedratation of the PDD, Er. Shakeel.
Senior technical employees belonging to the Federation told Kashmir Reader, “We are in the technical section of the department and are working from the last 21 years under the grade of 3,050-4,910. We have not received any kind of promotion till date, despite being eligible for it as per the seniority list.”
“And yet our junior employees are getting two promotions, that too within two months,” the technical employees further said. “We are fighting for our long-pending, genuine demands; we always raise our voice against the nepotism, favouritism and corruption which are very much rampant in the department.
“No one can stop us from raising our voice,” the employees added. “It is unfortunate that the authorities have continuously used their victimisation tactics to suppress the voice of technicians, and we will seek justice. We need that promotion and posting of technicians should be based on seniority, and the higher ups of the department need to end their favoritisms,” they added.
The employees further said the authorities must cancel the seniority list and also de-link it from the PDD website.
Despite many phone calls, PDD Chief Engineer Hashmit Qazi did not respond.