Way paved for regularising 23,000 power sector workers’ service

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Hyderabad: In a huge vindication of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti Government and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s stand, the High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging regularization of services of 23,000 workers classified as ‘artisans’ in different public sector power utilities in Telangana State.

The Chief Minister had last year announced the government’s intention to regularize the services of these artisans working in TS Genco, TS Transco and the two power distribution companies, TSSPDCL and TSNPDCL. However, the decision could not be implemented following a petition filed in the High Court. The High Court had already issued interim orders on the petition and on Tuesday, issued its final orders dismissing the plea.

Expressing happiness over the removal of this legal hurdle, the Chief Minister said the decision to regularize the services of artisans, sometimes performing hazardous tasks, was taken with a humanitarian view and as an acknowledgement of their services. “The aim of the government is to ensure that those working in the power sector should enjoy a better quality of life and not be exploited,” the Chief Minister said.

Chandrashekhar Rao, who also discussed Tuesday’s development with Genco and Transco Chairman and Managing Director D Prabhakar Rao, issued instructions to begin the process of regularizing the services of artisans, fixing their payscales and taking steps to implement a PRC for them.

CM fetes artisans

The Chief Minister congratulated the artisans whose services are to be regularized soon. He also complimented the power utilities and government legal team that effectively made its case in the High Court for regularization of the services of artisans.

Meanwhile, Prabhakar Rao said from now on, the 23,000 artisans would be treated as regular employees. “Today is a good day for all of us working in the power sector. We will take all the follow-up steps required as per the Chief Minister’s directions,” he said.

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