Army requisitioned after striking J&K Power workers refused to work


Jammu: Having failed to reach an amicable agreement with thousands of striking employees of the Department of Electricity Development (PDD), the J&K administration requisitioned on Sunday the assistance of the army to ensure the ‘maintenance of electrical installations in the territory of the Union.

For the past 24 hours, almost all of Jammu city and rural areas have remained in darkness as striking PDD workers refuse to work until the government reconsiders its decision to privatize the sector. of electricity in UT.

After day-long talks with representatives of the strikers failed to persuade them to resume their duties, the administration requisitioned the army on Sunday evening to provide power to the Jammu division.

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In a letter to the Ministry of Defense, Jammu Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langer wrote: “This is to let you know that due to the strike by the staff of the UT’s electrical department at J&K, essential services have been cut off. been severely affected in the Jammu area. .

“We hereby would like to requisition the Indian Army to assist in the restoration of said essential services by providing manpower to manage critical power stations and water supplies. “

Until late Sunday evening, the physical deployment of soldiers to provide electricity to the Jammu Division had not taken place and the entire region continued to sink into darkness.

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