The Kinnaur district is virtually facing unrest and militant action by the left trade Union CITU as about 400 employees were observing protest against 450 mega-watt Shong Tong power project being constructed by the State power firm Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited.
The superintendent of Police Kinnuar Mr. Kushal Chand Sharma said that protest has lasting for three to four months has forced the district administration to beef up police forces at seven construction sites of the project as industrial dispute is still unresolved and skilled workers belonging to CITU were unrelenting.
Deputy Commissioner Mr. Naresh Lath had been made mediator by the State High Court to resolve the dispute however the employees were not getting salary as HPPCL outsourced the work of power project to M/s Patel who further issued subcontract to Mahinder Negi, brother of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi.
In the mid of march 2016 employees resorted to agitation as their wages were delayed due to handing over of slow transaction of funds from Asian Development Bank to HPCCL bank account at Shimla to Patel company headquarter at Mumbai to Bank account of subcontractor Kinnaur.
“The cause of the dispute is slow process of fund transfers as it took time for transfer from one account to another till the lowest rung to workers.” SP said justifying the demand of workers.
We clamped the section 144 of IPC had been clamped on all the protesting seven sites from Shong Tong to Karcham Wangto however now the district administration allowed the CITU protesters to lodge protest at Reckong-Peo in front of police line for the last two months.
SP said that to stop the nuisance to local people and tourists and maintain law and order situation Police curb the action agitating employees and converting the working site in to 24x7police cover and regular patrolling were being done.
He said that so far 36 FIR has been registered against the workers and 276 arrests has been made. SP said that action of agitating employees were so militant that workers who are not protesting and joining work were being deployed inside the construction site under police cover.