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 If demands not met                                                                                                                        

CEB warns of more blackouts

By Aisha Edris
The Ceylon Electricity Board’s Engineers Union (CEBEU) warned of more blackouts in the future if the government fails to resolve their problems soon.
CEBEU President J. Meegoda asserted that the engineers working at the CEB were frustrated with CEB Chairman Udaya Kariyawasam.

“The Chairman does not allow the engineers to make independent decisions and as a result they are not taking any decisions regarding engineering matters,” he noted.

“The power failures in the last few months were not exactly due to a failure of transmitters. The engineers in the area were not allowed to take any decisions to improve the maintenance plan or adopt any preventive methods. Due to that reason they were not able to prevent the island-wide power failure,” he revealed.

Meegoda stressed that in the event they take any decision, the Chairman blames them saying that they are misusing CEB money.
He further said that they were not allowed to bid for the best quality goods for the CEB. “We have been asked to purchase goods for cheaper prices but qualitywise, these are very poor,” he said.

Meanwhile, the CEBEU sent a letter to Power and Energy Minister John Seneviratne, urging him to mediate to resolve the dispute between the engineers and the Chairman.
Meegoda informed that the union would be meeting President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the coming days to discuss their grievances.

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