Ahead of union call for 2-day strike, government agencies told to ensure 24-hour power supply: The Tribune India

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New Delhi, March 27

Ahead of the two-day nationwide strike called by unions, the Department of Energy on Sunday advised all utilities and other agencies to be on high alert and ensure 24-hour power supplies. 24 and the stability of the national network.

A joint forum of central unions has called for a nationwide strike on March 28-29 to protest against central government policies affecting workers in various sectors.

Road, transport and electricity service workers have decided to join the strike despite the looming threat of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) set to be imposed on Haryana and Chandigarh, the joint forum said. in a press release.

Financial sectors, including banking and insurance, are also joining the strike, he said.

“The Center of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has called for a nationwide strike with effect from 06:00 a.m. on 28 March to 06:00 a.m. on 30 March 2022,” said a notice issued by the Ministry of Energy.

The notice was disseminated to all states, CPSUs (Central Public Sector Enterprises), Central Electricity Authority, National Load Dispatch Center and Regional Load Dispatch Centers.

In the interest of electricity consumers, all electric utilities are advised to take the necessary measures to ensure the 24-hour operation of the electricity network and the availability of all generating stations, transmission lines and sub -stations, the ministry said, adding that all executives in the regional/state control room should be vigilant and on high alert.

The ministry also suggested measures to be taken to ensure safe and reliable network operations.

Shutdown activities scheduled for March 28 and 29 could be postponed to appropriate future dates where possible, he said and asked all officials involved to keep a close watch on their regional network/ control area.

Also, the workforce can be deployed to all critical substations/power plants 24/7 to handle any emergency situation, he said.

The power supply for people engaged in essential services such as hospitals, defense and railways must be ensured, he added and suggested the establishment of a 24-hour control room, 7 days a week, for the dissemination of information and the management of any type of eventuality.

The strike notices were given by labor unions in sectors such as coal, steel, oil, telecommunications, post, income tax, copper, banking and insurance, among others.

The railway and defense sector unions have planned a massive mobilization in support of the strike in several places. Trade unions including INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC are part of the joint forum.

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