Saturday, December 2, 2023

JBVNL: Transfer of 13 junior engineers leads to resentment

Jamshedpur: Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd’s (JBVNL) Singhbhum electricity supply area board on Saturday evening transferred junior engineers that led to strong resentment amount several of those transferred.

General manager, JBVNL’s Singhbhum electricity supply area board, Amarnath Mishra, served transfer letter to 13 of the 29 junior engineers posted in Kolhan. Two of those transferred, Anoop Kumar Mahto and Sahnawaz Ansari have been transferred within four months of their posting.

There several others who have been transferred within one year of getting posted in the Singhbhum electricity supply area board.
One of the junior engineers, transferred to Ghatshila division revealed that their transfer has been made wishfully by the general manager.

“We are not really happy over the decision taken by the management. One of the junior engineers, Suresh Prasad Chaudhury is posted at Pardih since the past over two years. There was serious complaint of shifting of domestic meters of Rehan Residency in Mango a year ago, causing revenue loss of worth several lakhs of rupees. But the general manager did not transfer him. The transfer has been made without keeping in mind the ability of the workers,” said the aggrieved junior engineer.

Amarnath Mishra, when contacted, said the idea is to ensure a smooth and regular power supply in the area. � The allegations being made are baseless as several junior engineers were not competent enough to work effectively, we have transferred them to the area where work pressure is not so much.”

The general manager said not only the 13 junior engineers were inefficient, but there were several complaints against them from the consumers.

Officials said that due to large scale power theft and tampering of meter bills it is essential to take strict actions otherwise the present scenario would only get worst. “We are playing the role of facilitator similar to trading commodities to the public and when the latter fails to reciprocate in the true sense and instead resorts to pilferage possibility of sustaining regular power supply to the consumers is very remote,” conceded an officer.

�The rampant power thefts, tampering of meters and long pending dues of industries are a matter of great concern. Though I welcome stern steps to check all forms of malpractices but the corporate consumers should also be targeted. Several power bill defaulters had been resorting to illegal re-connection even after their lines were snapped. Surprise drive at night must soon be undertaken to detect such unauthorised connections,� noted an official of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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