KSEB Staff Crunch Leaves Projects in Disarray
By Pramod Thomas | Published: 01st January 2014 09:58 AM |
The staff shortage at the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is likely to affect the services to the Board’s 1.05 crore customers and hinder the timely completion of various mega projects. There are reportedly around 2,000 vacancies in the KSEB presently, as promotions are on hold and new appointments have not been taking place for quite some time.
Hydel projects like Pallivasal extension, Thottiyar and Chathankottunada have also hit a roadblock owing to staff shortage, though they have not been halted. Meanwhile, the Vilangad and Barapole projects are also behind schedule. The work of as many as 150 electrical sub stations has been delayed and problems are surfacing in providing domestic connections, with the waiting period going up to four to six months.
KSEB Officers’ Association general secretary M G Suresh Kumar admitted that the Board has 2,000 vacancies as of now and the Assistant Engineers are working on the same post for the past 14 years.
“The vacancies include Assistant Engineers (around 350), Section Supervisor (140), Sub Engineers (350-400), Junior Assistant (250) and workers/lineman (800). The promotions for various posts have not taken place in the past two years. For nearly two years, promotion of Assistant Engineers to Assistant Executive Engineers had not taken place. As of now, the board has 50 vacancies in the Assistant Executive Engineer grade.
“The association had approached the board pointing out these vacancies but no action has been taken so far,” he said.
He said that the staff crunch is badly affecting the board and projects are being delayed in an alarming fashion. “In the 2006-11 period, the work on 100 substations had been completed. However, after that only 17 sub stations were completed,” Suresh Kumar said.
When contacted, Power Minister Aryadan Muhammed said that as soon as KSEB gets the list from the Public Service Commission, the vacancies will be filled.
“The government is not denying any promotions deliberately. Some promotions are on hold because of particular cases. Once the cases are settled, the persons concerned would be promoted,” he told Express.