Plan to appoint directors from outside KSEB: Unions oppose move, write to CM

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Thiruvananthapuram: The employees' unions including pro-left ones have opposed the plan to appoint directors outside the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB).

Earlier, a five-member committee chaired by the chief secretary was appointed to find directors outside KSEB. However, unions including KSEB Workers' Association (CITU) and KSEB Officers' Association opposed the move. Their respective leaders wrote letters to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, to urge the management to reroute from the plan.

Meanwhile, the power to appoint the director falls upon the state government. According to unions, the existing method of appointing the officials from the company as directors should be continued. The unions maintained that the move to constitute a committee comprising IAS officers to select directors cannot be entertained.

The union representatives also alleged that during the tenure of Dr B Ashok as chairman of KSEB, he had taken decisions that entertained the Union Government's privatisation policy.

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