Chandigarh, August 14, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today condemned the Congress government for deciding to abolish 40,000 sanctioned posts in the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), saying the government was taking ‘be-rozgaari’ to each family in the State instead of providing ‘ghar ghar rozgaar’ as promised.
In a statement here former minister Sikander Singh Maluka, who is also the Convener of the Employees Wing of the SAD, said the decision to abolish 40,000 posts in PSPCL came on the heels of abolition of 8,000 posts in the Water Resources department and 2,267 posts in the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare department.
He said even the Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation (PESCO) wing was not being spared with the government deciding to reduce its strength by as much as 20 per cent.
Mr Sikander Maluka said it was condemnable that instead of creating new government jobs in the State, the Congress government was abolishing sanctioned posts. He said in the case of PSPCL, the government did not fill the vacancies deliberately for one year. “Now it has come up with a decision to abolish all posts which have not been filled for the last one year”.
The SAD leader said the Congress government had promised 50 lakh jobs to youth under the ghar ghar naukari scheme. He said only 35,000 jobs had been given which included filling up of vacancies even as more than 70,000 jobs had been abolished.
“This means double the number of youth have made jobless in the last three and half years than have been given jobs. This is a great injustice as the youth were looking up to chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh to fulfill his promise to give one job in each family in the State”.
Mr Maluka said the SAD would not allow the Congress government to abolish sanctioned posts and would initiate an agitation to force the government to take back this decision. He said the party would also demand filling up all vacancies in a time bound manner besides creation of new jobs to ensure employment to the youth.