December 8, 2022

Chandigarh power crisis blows over as employees’ strike called off | Chandigarh News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh residents may have heaved a sigh of relief after a strike by power employees was called off on Wednesday, with a consensus made between striking power department employees and the UT administration.
This comes after the residents faced hardship amid a three-day strike launched by Chandigarh electricity department employees against the Union Territory administration’s decision of power privatisation.

The Joint Action Committee and the Coordination Committee held a meeting on the subject and opposed the imposition of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) by the administration.
The Coordination Committee officials had confirmed that the power workers are opposing the sale of a profit-making department to private hands.
Earlier, the residents had urged the government to resolve the issue of power outage in Chandigarh as soon as possible.
“Children can’t take online classes as phones are discharged. Elder people are facing trouble during the night, we can’t even cook dinner and there are no lit street lights. The government should find a solution,” Anita, a homemaker told ANI.
“A lot of time has passed without electricity, no one is coming to help us, otherwise they (political parties) come door-to-door during elections. This is the first time Chandigarh has experienced such a shortage of electricity,” said Kamla Devi, another homemaker.
With agency inputs

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