The indefinite strike called here by the employees of the Puducherry electricity department to voice protest against the privatisation of distribution and transmission of power began on Tuesday.

Employees of Puducherry, Karaikkal, Yanam, and Mahe are in protest and have worked in all offices, installations, and substations of Puducherry electricity department.

The strike is in response to the call given by the Electricity Engineers and Employees Privatisation Protest Committee (EEE PC).

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The employees of the Electricity Department assembled and protested near the head office of the department at Sonampalayam junction after police personnel prevented the employees except those working at the head office from entering there.

According to sources in the department, around 2,000 employees have joined the strike in the union territory against the privatisation steps taken by the Union Territory government.

EEE PC leader C. Arul Murugan while addressing the striking employees, said: Unless the Chief Minister and the Power Minister A. Namassivayam doesn’t give an assurance that the transmission and distribution of Puducherry Electricity Department will not be privatised, the strike will continue.

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