Now, OBC power engineers cry foul over promotions
TNN 14 November 2009, 04:13am IST
LUCKNOW: The dust raised by agitating power engineers of SC/ST and
general category over cadre's promotion issues had barely settled down
engineers from Other Backward Classes have raised a controversy. Under
the aegis of welfare society of OBCs, the engineers have alleged that
the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) management is violating the
constitutional privilege enjoyed by the cadre in the form of 27 per
In a memorandum dashed off to the UPPCL top rung on November 11, the
society has claimed that the posts of engineers from the category are
not filled in the right number, due to which their representation in
higher posts has lagged behind.
As per the list of engineers till 2007, there happens to be no chief
engineer (level-1) from OBC category. In case of CE (L-2) there is
just one as against a total of 50 positions. As for the superintending
engineers, the percentage stands at 10% of the total sanctioned posts.
The situation remains the same for executive engineer.
The representation made by the society before the UPPCL bosses, takes
the cue out of a reply to an RTI application of May 26, 2007,
revealing that as against the sanctioned 232 posts of assistant
engineers (which happens to be the recruitment post), only 115 are
"This is gross injustice with the cadre,'' said general secretary of
the society, R K Verma. Interestingly, yet another RTI reply given on
June 23, 2009, by UPPCL said that the posts of engineers from the OBC
category has been filled as per the rules. Verma, however, challenges
this and claims that the reply is grossly wrong and the situation
remains very much the same.
In the memorandum, the society threatens to bring the matter to notice
of the court. The society wrote: "It cannot be ruled out that
injustice has been done with OBCs and justice could be achieved only
by putting the issue before the high court.''
The resentment brews close on the heels of the agitation launched by
the engineers of the general category few days back. The section too
had highlighted the fact as to how their representation has been
dwindling over the years.
The situation had turned murkier when engineers locked horns with
their counterparts from the SC/ST category asking the UPPCL management
to promote the engineers on the basis of total years of service. This
was opposed by the SC/ST category engineers who demanded promotions as
per the seniority at a level.
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