Chennai, July 8 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today ordered that 4,000 vacancies for field assistants in Tamilnadu Electricity Board (TNEB) be filled up through direct recruitment by the Employment Exchange.
'In a bid to ensure that the TNEB renders prompt service to customers, the 4,000 vacancies for field assistants in the Board would be filled through direct recruitment by the Employment Exchange', she announced. Those recruited would be given two-years of training and would be paid a consolidated sum of Rs 3,250 per month during the training period.
Their service would be made permanent on completion of training and they would be paid according to the prevalent scale of pay then, the Chief Minister said. In an official press relese here she expressed confidence that Tamil Nadu would emerge as a power-surplus state soon. She said 'for a nation's trade, agricultural and economic growth electricity plays a major part.
The TNEB is doing yeoman service in generating power, transmission and distribution to provide end- customers proper supply.' But the department faced several hurdles and was in a bad state between 2006 and 2011 during the previous DMK regime, owing to mismanagement, she alleged.
'After I assumed office, the government headed by me has been taking steps to get the TNEB back on track', she claimed. She said in a bid to increase power generation, the works that were on at a snail's pace at Vallur Thermal Power Project that could generate 1000 MW electricity, North Chennai Thermal Power Project that has a capacity of 600 MW and Mettur Thermal Power Project has been expedited and all works are nearing completion.
The impasse over commissioning of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was handled in a diplomatic manner by her government and as a result it was all set generate power, she pointed out.