LAHORE, Jan 16: Participants in the first-ever meeting of the board of directors (BoD) of the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) and All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union (CBA) unanimously agreed on Jan 15 to accept all the genuine demands of the workers, subject to their efforts for bringing down the line losses in order to improve the financial health of the power distribution companies (Discos).
During the meeting, held at Wapda House, the union’s office-bearers also pointed out that the respective Discos had only made the staff of low cadre (not officers) scapegoat by holding them responsible for various issues, incidents etc. At this, the Pepco management decided that in future the officer concerned, irrespective of level/cadre, shall also be held responsible for any wrongdoings under rules and regulations.
Since the chief executive officers of all the Discos were also present on the occasion, exhaustive discussion lasted among the participants for over seven hours in the meeting. The objective of the long meeting was resolution of the issues in a comprehensive manner with collective wisdom of all the stakeholders.
Most of the union’s demands were found to be genuine and needed serious consideration. But it was observed that in case all of the demands were accepted with immediate effect, it would massively increase a financial burden on Discos. Hence, Discos’ CEOs and the Pepco administration were of the view that it was not an opportune time to place these demands before Pepco board for approval despite a strong desire of the management to resolve all these issues.
However, the meeting agreed that union office-bearers and CEOs of Discos would jointly prepare a concrete action plan within one week which would facilitate the management and the union to control the wrong billing, eliminate difference between units received and units sold and improve billing recovery aiming at improving Discos’ financial health. The implementation of jointly agreed plan within next three months would improve the financial health of Discos and accordingly all of the CBA demands would then be presented before Pepco for consideration with full support.
Speaking on the occasion, Pepco managing director Musaddiq Ahmed Khan said that besides that performance of three sub-divisional officers (SDOs/assistant managers), two executive engineers (EXENs), one superintending engineer (SE) and one chief engineer/general manager in each DISCO and one of the CEOs of all Discos would be closely monitored and action would be recommended against the worst performers in monthly review meetings.
Published by Daily Dawn on Jan 16, 2018