Govt to resolve KSEB strike through discussions; chairman to stay

K Krishnankutty | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: A discussion between electricity minister K Krishnankutty and CPM leader AK Balan on Monday decided to end the controversies in KSEB through discussions.

Krishnankutty will chair the meeting with the KSEB chairman B Ashok and representatives of the Officer's Association On Tuesday.

Krishnankutty met former electricity minister AK Balan at Palakkad. CPM has assigned AK Balan to resolve the issue. The association will send a letter to the Chairman pointing out the matters to be discussed. Then discussions will be held at the ministerial level.

The move is to solve the problem without removing the Chairman from the post. The CPM informed the minister that the disputes could not be prolonged and that efforts should be made to move forward along with the officials’ support.

AK Balan has also assured the leaders that the issue can be resolved through discussion. The main demand of the association is to lift the suspension of president MG Suresh Kumar and general secretary B Harikumar. If the management approves this, the indefinite hunger strike of the association will be called off. Earlier, the High Court had directed the reinstatement of a suspended executive engineer, Jasmine Babu.

The association leaders were suspended for protesting against the suspension of Jasmine. The Board had also decided to start the process to take further action, including dismissal from the service, against the union leaders.

Meanwhile, IAS Association came out in support of the chairman and asked the government to ensure that the officers can work without the interference of unions, which affect their morale.

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