The financial situation of the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) seems to have turned worse, with the employees of its North Chennai Thermal Power Plant alleging that the Corporation has been delaying payment of financial benefits amounting to a total of more than Rs 2 crore.
“As many as 470 employees who were working in Ennore Thermal Power Plant (ETPS) were transferred to the North Chennai unit I and II when it was decommissioned. Even after that, we continue to receive the salary and other financial benefits from the ETPS. Every year, the workers will seek advance in the General Provident Fund, surrendered earned leave and thermal power plant incentives. We will normally get our GPF in September and surrendered leave by August. Even after five months, we have not got the financial benefits yet,” said K Venkataiah, Ennore branch secretary of Central Organisation of Tamil Nadu Electricity Employees Union.
He said that not only the 470 workers, all other employees in Mettur and Tuticorin thermal power plants have also not received their dues. He said that the officials in the Tangedco headquarters were citing fund crunch for the non-payment of the financial benefits to the workers.
When asked, a senior Tangedco official acknowledged the unduly delay in the payment of the financial benefits. “We have taken steps to clear the dues as early as possible,” the official said.