Provide piecework to electrical contractors, urged Escoms

Karnataka State Licensed Electrical Contractors Association District Unit Chairman Urban Pinto urged Escoms to provide piece work to local electrical contractors and resolve their issues. He warned against conducting harsh protests if demands are not met.

He was addressing a protest meeting Thursday of local electrical contractors outside DC’s Mangaluru office.

He alleged that despite providing good services to people, local entrepreneurs are denied contracts and huge contracts are awarded to influential entrepreneurs through full turnkey partial modes, at 200 tariffs. % higher.

This caused consumers to pay more taxes, he said and alleged that the new system has taken the daily bread from local entrepreneurs.

Former Karnataka State Licensed Electrical Contractors Association district unit chairman Shivakumar Pailoor objected to the government’s decision to deploy personnel in hazardous work and now leave them in purple.

He alleged an alleged deal between the Energy Department and influential contractors. Although local contractors have been agitating indefinitely, the government has turned a deaf ear to their plight, he said, and urged the government to abandon the new system and provide piece work to local contractors, such as previously.

The protesters moved into a rally from the town hall to the DC office and submitted a memorandum to the DC. The vice-president of the association H Sunda Gowda and the general secretary Chethan Mallya were present.

Memorandum to the government

Meanwhile, the Udupi unit of the Karnataka State Licensed Electrical Contractors Association also held a protest outside the DC office to demand that their demands be met here on Thursday.

By forwarding the memorandum to the state government through DC Dr R Vishal, Association, Udupi Honorary President Nagraj Rao demanded that the government immediately reimburse outstanding bills.

He strongly censured the irresponsible attitude of the government which did not pay the overdue dues. He said contractors spend their money on equipment needed to fix power lines. He alleged that MESCOM is misleading consumers.

He says the delay in repairing power lines is due to the shortage of linemen.

The future course of action will be decided at a meeting to be held on June 26 in Udupi. A decision is made to furnish the works in the event of an emergency in the rainy season that would disrupt consumers in rural areas, he added.

Patricia D. Rutt