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20,000 power workers went on strike indefinitely against privatization.

Srinagar:

Power has been restored in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir after protesters from the Power Development Department called off their strike following written assurances from the administration to suspend the proposed privatization of the power sector.

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A government team led by Divisional Commissioner Ragab Langar held new discussions with the employees’ union on Monday-Tuesday night and gave them a written assurance. The agitating employees have also received assurances from the administration on other issues including salaries and allowances.

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Immediately after the midnight agreement, power workers started restoring power and power was restored in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

As many as 20,000 workers went on an indefinite strike against the government’s move to merge the J&K Power Development Department into the Power Grid Corporation of India and transfer property to private companies.

The strike led to a major power outage in the Union Territory, forcing its administration to request help from the Ministry of Defense, which sent troops to help state-run power companies regain power.

“It has been decided that the joint venture proposal of JKPTCL and PGCIL will be put on hold. A committee comprising all stakeholders including the J&K Power Employees Coordinating Committee will make recommendations to find a way forward,” the agreement reads.

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The withdrawal of the strike comes as a relief to the public as the valley experiences temperatures below zero and power outages only make things worse for the residents.

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