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Kochi: When the power distribution sector in the country is privatised, about 10 lakh government employees will come under the private sector. According to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, all staff in the power distribution sector should be handed over to the private companies.
There are about 12 lakh staff including employees and engineers in the power sector under the state government. Among them, 10 lakh employees are in the distribution sector. Out of the 34,000 staff in the KSEB, 27,500 are working in distribution sector.
The assets under distribution companies will be converted to shares while handing over to the private companies. The state governments can decide if the shares should be sold. When employees are handed over to private companies, all benefits till date should be managed by the state governments.
The new companies will be responsible for the expenses after the staff is handed over to them. Retirement benefits and pension will be provided through trusts. New trusts should be formed, if there are not any. The amount raised for the retirement benefit should be handed over to the trusts, it is directed.
Consultants should be appointed to collect information about the staff in distribution sector and their services. Post, salary scale, allowance and other matters need to be redefined for the new company. Only after this, the employees will be handed over.
However, Minister for Power M M Mani said that Kerala will oppose the move to privatise the power distribution sector. This is an attempt to help the corporate companies in the energy production industry. They are generating large amount of power and with the new privatisation move, they intend to sell this power. The LDF government and the electricity board will oppose this, he said.