New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir administration called for Army’s aid as a strike by employees of the power department affected essential services, including a hospital, and plunged large parts of the Union Territory into darkness in the harsh winter.
Around 20,000+ employees, including linesmen and engineers, of the UT’s power transmission and distribution department, are on a strike since Saturday against the administration’s decision to privatize assets and delay in payment of their respective salaries
On 19th December, more than a third of Jammu was without electricity, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Raghav Langer wrote a letter to the Ministry of Defence, the General Officers Commanding of 9 and 16 Corps, and asked for military help. A similar situation was in the Kashmir division as well. There were outages reported from many parts, including the summer capital Srinagar.
On the issue, the Managing Director of the Jammu Power Distribution Corporation Limited, Shiva Nand, said “ The government had agreed to put on hold the joint venture and “re-examine all the areas of concern raised by employees”. But the employees have now come up with more new demands like reverting to the previous system such as granting them salary from government treasuries, which was not possible because of the unbundling of power sector reforms in the UT,”
The power in some parts of the Valley is restored after the Military rushed and reopened the grid.