Agartala: The Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited has assured of releasing the outstanding 40 per cent salary of some of its staff next month, which was put on hold owing to poor revenue collection in selected divisions.

On Friday, TSECL Managing Director assured that the withheld salary would be released during a deputation at corporation headquarters, Agartala.

Speaking on the issue, President of Power Engineers’ Association Krishnapada Sarkar said, “We have apprised the authorities of the problems that plagued the whole system and urged him not to misunderstand the officials. The main issue lies with the technical glitches hindering the revenue collection system. And, therefore, holding the official responsible for that is unacceptable. The authorities have given us a patient hearing and assured us that the share of salary put on hold will be released next month.”

The delegation of engineers has also presented a set of proposals for a total facelift of the entire revenue collection system.

The technical errors existing in the system needed to be resolved completely to offer uninterrupted power services to the consumers. We forwarded a set of proposals that may help the authorities in resolving the problems. We have proposed the authorities to transform certain divisions into hundred per cent prepaid meters propelled. In these divisions, 70 per cent of the houses have been covered under prepaid billing method,” said Sarkar.

He also urged the authorities to ensure that outsourced employees engaged in the billing process visit consumers on time to collect meter readings and subsequently deliver bills.   

A mass deputation was sent by TSECL power engineers in protest against the non-payment of their remaining 40 per cent salary.

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