Mangaluru: Mescom meter readers hold protest alleging harassment by new contractor

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jul 30: Meter readers of Karnataka State Electricity Workers Federation affiliated to Electricity Employees Federation of India who are working under contract basis on Thursday July 30 held a protest alleging that tender term of the previous contractor came to an end on May 31 and so far the new contractor has not negotiated with them about starting of work from July.

They said that they have been working since the last several years on contract basis. During the previous tender term, the federation said that the meter readers got Rs 18,000 per month as remuneration apart from other facilities. The meter readers covered between 1,500 to 1,800 meters every month.

The federations said that the new contractor, with the aim of pocketing profit, has been pressurising meter readers to work with a monthly pay of Rs 10,000 and to increase monthly meter reading to 2,500. This has given rise to fear of losing job in about 25 percent of workers. The contractors have threatened to appoint new meter readers if the current ones do not agree to their salary.

After organising agitations demanding to retain the current salary, approval was given on July 9 to continue the current workers till July 31. The new contractor in the meantime, advertised in newspapers seeking to appoint new workers. The federation says that district in-charge minister Kota Srinivas Poojary, has asked the current meter readers to be continued even after the change of contractor.

The federation submitted a memorandum to the managing director of Mangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd (Mescom). The meter readers said that after working for ten to 15 years for Mescom, it is hard for them to find new job at this age. They said that their pay, which was promised to be disbursed on July 13, has not been disbursed so far. They have requested Mescom managing director to retain them in their current job on the same salary.




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  • Sunil D'Souza, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Smart City still does not have and use smart meters? I am surprised because in places like Mumbai there are no meter readers , the reading is directly transmitted online through smart meters by MSEDCL. We are lagging in terms of technology here.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Although meter readers are right in their protest, sufferers are the consumers.....!!!!?????

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    In Mumbai too MSEB ( Maharashtra State E B) has sent a bill which is 5 times the normal monthly bill.
    Entire India has now become Loot & Scoot ...

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    country is being slowly handed over to blood sucking profiteers...

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    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    because of corona no job no salary. some places 15 days job 15 days salary. people has to adjust.

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  • Austin Peres, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    These workers are not permanent employees of MESCOM. They should have been by now absorbed by MESCOM as permanent employees. If private sector and various other businesses have suffered a loss due to Covid, I dont think Mescom income has come down drastically other than during total lockdown. I hope these temporary employees' demand with be considered sympathetically by Mescom and the Dist. in-charge Minister will help them get Justice.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    I wonder if our Mangalore has been taken over by Adani ...

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  • Dipen, Shravanbelagola

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    No question of wondering. Mangaloreans are hijacked by North Indians. You people are only good and happy opening of wine shops.

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  • Dipen, Shravanbelagola

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Please handover MESCOM to Adani Group for smooth flow of things.

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  • Pinto, MANGALORE

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    How about handing over to ambani ???? We might get unlimited elecricity consumption for few months following which they package will be economical like jio

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