Shillong, July 26, 2017: After the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) had extended the validity of the merit list of the qualified candidates by another six months, the linemen (Jugalis) on Wednesday suspended their indefinite strike.
The MeECL issued the notification for extension of the merit list after the jugalis(linemen) had continued with the indefinite strike for the third consecutive day.
The strike by the linemen, most of whom, work temporarily with the corporation, has affected the functioning of hundreds of power sub-stations across the state in the last three days since Monday.
“In pursuance to the board of director’s resolution dated July 7, the notification dated August 1, 2016, notifying the list of candidates for appointment as jugalis, which is due to expire on August 1, 2017, is hereby re-validated for another period of 6 months upto January 1, 2018,” said a notification issued by MeECL joint secretary, D. Warjri today.
The corporation had conducted a recruitment exam to fill up 772 vacant linemen’s posts in 2011, but the results were declared after a gruelling 4 years in August last year after a series of agitations conducted by the candidates.
Of 772 candidates, the corporation had appointed only 306 candidates in the first phase, and the rest 466 are waiting for their appointment in the second and third phase respectively.
Supported by the Khun Hynñiewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), a regional political party, the candidates had earlier threatened to continue their strike till the corporation appoints the remaining candidates as they feared that they may not be appointed, especially when the validity of the merit list is expiring on August 1.
“We are suspending our agitation temporarily with a condition that all the remaining candidates should be appointed within three months. We will also remind the MeECL every month to speed up the appointment,” KHNAM youth wing president Thomas Passah announced.
According to information provided by the corporation to the KHNAM youth wing under the Right to Information Act, on July 19, the corporation revealed that there are as many as 1,073 sanctioned posts, including 596 regular posts. There are around 477 vacancies yet to be filled up.
“When 477 posts are vacant, what is the problem for the MeECL to issue appointment letters to all the 466 remaining candidates.” he questioned.