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September 2015

KSEB Engineers Association had celebrated the day by conducting seminars,workshops and other activities at all district centres with a large participation of fellow engineers and by inviting eminent engineers to share their experiences and to talk on the selected theme.

August 2015

Since our organisation is a government public sector utility, they are under the impression that by bullying our officers they create a public image that they are quite neutral and is working for public interest.

July 2015

The pay revision of employees and engineers in KSEB is due from August 2013 and July 2013 respectively. Though KSEB was corporatized w.e.f November 2013

June 2015

The circumstances that warranted the sudden formation of these two posts needs to be looked into seriously by one and all. It definitely points to some hidden agenda behind the whole episode.

May 2015

The Association which widened the orbit of its activities, has passed through both pleasant as well as inclement weather. As an Association, we have grown leaps and bounds.

April 2015

Also finding funds for creating new capital in the form of lines and towers is a big problem which requires a huge package for land compensation. But there is a solution for this conundrum. These towers can be setup on a PPP mode where by other utilities can also share the towers. The existing towers can also be given to other utilities on a chargeable basis and the charges so obtained can be used for new capital works.

March 2015

The idea of the Pallivasal project was conceived in 1930s when the power from the Diesel electric plant established in 1928 in Thiruvananthapuram was no longer sufficient for meeting the emerging power needs.

January 2015

The Control rooms were established during 2000 with the initiation of the World Bank Funded Master Plan City projects in Thiruvananthapuram , Ernakulam and Kozhikode.The idea was to centralise and coordinate the switching operations of the 11 kV feeders , which form the backbone of the power distribution in the three main cities

December 2015

Kerala has a dominating presence in the energy conservation scenario. In Kerala, there are many organisations working in the field of energy conservation including the Government agencies like ANERT and EMC.

November 2014

The authority of the Commision in intervening in the process of pay revisions, allowances and terminal benefits needs a relook. Of late, the Commission is seen in the habit of intruding into the activities of the KSEB, especially in areas which are
outside the domain of the Commission and not envisaged by the Electricity Act

October 2014

On the other hand if such a step is merely for satisfying the dictums of the KSERC
for reduction of the employee cost, then we are for sure that the cordial industrial
relations prevailing in this organisation will take a back seat and the management will have to face the wrath of the employees which in turn will affect the general public also.

September 2014

As part of the proposed changes to the National Tariff Policy, the power
ministry is looking at extending Section 62 of the Electricity Act,2003 — under
which electricity regulatory commissions have been empowered to determine
tariffs — beyond the Twelfth plan period (2012-17) and keep the hydro projects
under this section, enabling the continuation of the cost plus tariff structure.

August 2014

However, the engineers, who are the harbinger of development of any country, always strive for enrichment of their knowledge and skill to upgrade the quality of life and their performance. The pursuit for betterment is a continuous process. There is no end to development and engineering progress. The process of upgradation from one standard to the other, is a continuous process, which is led by the engineers after taking into account the prevailing socio-politico economic conditions of the country.

July 2014

But this time, KSEB Ltd. has neither shown the depreciation of the revalued asset cost of Rs 4000 crore nor the principal payback of Rs 8144.41 crore in the ARR statement, inorder to avoid the tariff shock to the consumers. The annual contribution to the Master Trust for the year 2014-15 amounting to Rs 101.12 crore has been included in the employee cost.

June 2014

The word sustainable development has become a dominant terminology, after the publication of the UN appointed Brundtland commission Report “ Our Common Future” in 1987 which dealt with the increasing degradation of the environment.

May 2014

Similarly the functions of CERC are specified under section 79 and that of SERC under Section 86 of the IE Act. According to Section 86( 3), the State Commission shall ensure transparency while exercising its powers and discharging its functions and Section 86( 4) says “in discharge of its functions, the State Commission shall be guided by the National Electricity Policy, National Electricity Plan and tariff policy published under section 3” The Electricity Act, National Electricity Policy and Tariff Policy ensure and stress the financial viability and financial security of the licensee for delivering its duties and responsibilities entrusted to it.

April 2014

A separate wing for safety, directly under the control of the CMD, needs to be established with adequate supporting staff for overcoming the current situation. Safety audit teams have to be established in all electrical circles under the functional
control of the regional safety officers to conduct surprise field inspections and find out the real cause of each of the accidents.

March 2014

Before implementing any new system in our organisation, the in and out of the new system should have been understood properly as well as the strength and weakness of existing system should have been properly considered. The level & competency of employees who are supposed to handle the system and the best way to implement the system in our context without much inconvenience should have been ascertained properly.

February 2014

As per the regulations, the consumers can install SES up to 3 MW and the distribution licensee shall provide the connectivity without any discrimination. Depending upon the capacity of SES, it may be connected to single or three phase LT system or to HT system. But the draft regulations is silent on the voltage level at which the connectivity is to be provided. Electricity Supply Code stipulates that the loads 101- 3000 kVA are connected at 11 kV level.

January 2014

Apart from the above steps, no further progress was noticed in improving or strengthening the safety wing of KSE Board. Though the safety meetings are conducted at different levels as a routine exercise, the desired results were not seen
forthcoming as is evident from the continuing accidents. Whenever accidents happen, the concerned come up with some sort of excuses, often not revealing the real facts that lead to the incident.

December 2013

To assess the impact of power reforms on the poor, it is essential to have separate indicators for poor and non-poor groups in society. International comparisons of poverty data entail both conceptual and practical problems. As different countries have different definitions of poverty, consistent comparison between countries is difficult.

November 2013

It is only an arrangement by the new company and for that reason the liability for payment of pension and terminal benefits should rest with the Kerala State Electricity Board Ltd only. This is clearly provided in para 5 (a) and 7 of the above notification though para 5(a) requires minor correction.

October 2013

The implementation of IT in KSEB is a story in itself. Though KSEB was one of the first PSU, which came forward for implementation of computerization, paradoxically this is the only institution, which has not been able to fully utilize the benefits of IT.

September 2013

It was realised that the competitive market in power will evolve gradually. During the intervening period, the regulation of generation tariff will have to be continued on cost of service approach. Even under this approach the objectives of achieving economic efficiency and encouraging investment would remain.

July 2013

In every ARR &ERC, the Commission denies a certain extent of expenditure claimed by the Board and though the major reason projected is higher employee cost, the matter of fact remains that the Board cannot and will not reduce the employee cost as such and the expenditure incurred by the Board in some other head is affected and in effect the non admitted actual expenditure incurred by the Board starts accumulating as a loss and over the years this mounts to a huge figure due to the passing the buck attitude of the Commissions.

June 2013

With the adoption of the Kerala State Electricity Supply Code 2005, there is scope for ambiguity in the procedures regarding the registration of domestic service connections. The total electrification programme (“Sampoorna Vydyuthi karanam”) launched by the previous Government was its flagship programme.

May 2013

It is a fact known to everyone that the widening revenue deficit in Board is due to the increasing component of power purchase cost. The quantum of power purchase increases due to continuous rise in demand for energy @ 8% per annum whereas there is no corresponding incremental rise in internal generation.

April 2013

In the minds of many Engineers of the erstwhile Travancore Cochin Electricity Department, there was a desire to form an Association, to bring them together for better intimacy and fellow feeling. Thus the Engineers in a meeting held on 19th April 1953 evening at Power House premises, Thiruvananthapuram elected an dhoc committee to form an Association after obtaining Government sanction.

March 2013

The ‘integrated ratings’ are on annualised basis and spread from A+ to C. A highly rated distributor will be eligible for funds from State-owned banks and other financial institutions at a lower rate of interest. The system has been instituted at a time when the Government planned to bail out debt-laden power distributors by recasting their short-term borrowing.

February 2013

We had clearly made known in writing our apprehensions about the workability of the proposed pension fund and the danger of trifurcation hidden in the transfer scheme. It was clearly pointed out with material evidence that although the Board is corporatized, it is still possible to continue the present practice of giving statutory pension under “defined benefit plan” as provided under Accounting Standard 15 (AS 15) applicable to corporate accounting.

January 2013

One of the issues commonly observed in transfers in Board is the shielding from transfer garnered by a minority group citing expertise in some field. But in reality we feel that since all the functions in KSEB are being handled by a team, nobody is indispensable for any post and the transfer of any particular person should not affect the function of that office.If any particular HOD insists that he / she cannot function in the absence of a particular person in his office, it speaks of the inefficiency of that particular HOD, which needs to be handled accordingly by the management in the wider interest of the organisation and the State.

December 2011

The Mullaperiyar Dam issue has been lingering the Kerala & Tamil Nadu politics for many long years. This dam was constructed during 1886-1895 using old time construction materials – rubble masonry in lime surkhi mortar as shell of the upstream
and downstream side filled with lime surkhi concrete as inner core. Later, in an effort to strengthen the Dam, a concrete shield of 10 metre thickness was added to the downstream side of the old dam during1980.

December 2012

Energy crisis and consequent financial crunch in the Board is not an overnight development and is well documented in numerous records available in the institution. Disharmony in the consumer growth and their consumption with the sluggish or rather stagnant capacity addition has already showed its adverse effects and will eventually snowball into a huge blow, unless corrective measures are initiated without any further delay.

November 2012

With the highest level of dependency of Kerala grid to the southern and national grid, the widening gap between availability and demand in the Indian Power Sector is an area of concern. At present this issue is further aggravated with corridor availability problems and coal availability issues.

October 2012

It is well known to all that no works are started in transmission without observing the procedures and formalities. Work bills are prepared, measured, verified and check measured at various levels before forwarding to accounts branch at ARU. Further, technical audit and financial audit are conducted by the concerned teams at ARU and the bills are passed only after clearing all audit queries.

September 2012

The approved bailout scheme is formulated based on the report of an expert committee headed by Sri. B K Chaturvedi, Member (Energy) Planning Commission. The committee has come up with various suggestions and some of them would be mandatory in nature. The aim is to make Discoms to take steps for improving their financial health. The poor health of Discoms, due to lower tariff regime and high distribution losses, has also raised concerns of possible loan defaults in the banking system.

August 2012

The revised estimates for the year 2011-12 leave a revenue deficit of Rs 2118.48 Crore and the estimate for the year 2012-13 projects a revenue deficit of Rs 3240.25 Crore. All power purchase costs need to be considered legitimate unless it is established that the merit order principle has been violated or power has been purchased at unreasonable rates.

July 2012

The cost of thermal power purchase consisted 38 to 44 % of total Aggregate Revenue Requirement (ARR) in the three years from 2005 to 2008, which suddenly jumped to 63% of ARR during the year 2008-09. The countrywide increase in demand to cater to the 8%-plus growth trajectory and the inadequate capacity addition caused abnormal increase in cost of thermal electricity.

June 2012

Associations on 15/9/2009, it was disclosed that employee liabilities in respect of both pension and provident fund remain unfunded over the years in KSEB. However provident fund remains accounted, while pension fund remains both unfunded & unaccounted! It was also admitted that before revesting the assets and liabilities in the new company, both these liabilities are to be brought into accounts and funded in the Balance Sheet.

May 2012

Associations on 15/9/2009, it was disclosed that employee liabilities in respect of both pension and provident fund remain unfunded over the years in KSEB. However provident fund remains accounted, while pension fund remains both unfunded & unaccounted! It was also admitted that before revesting the assets and liabilities in the new company, both these liabilities are to be brought into accounts and funded in the Balance Sheet.

April 2012

When Kerala State Electricity Board was constituted under Section 5 of Indian Electricity Supply Act on April 1st, 1957 we had a Generation capacity of around 108 MW; scarcity of electricity was not at all an issue then. From thereon, the need for electricity gradually grew and in the present day lifestyle, electricity is as essential as any other basic needs of the society. Though the Generation capacity addition also grew, the growth in demand has been outpacing the capacity.

February 2012

Minister of the State, Shri Pattom Thanupillai, he had not declared then that KSEB Engineers’ Association will function as a Political Outfit. Later on, many prominent personalities from political, cultural, social, judicial, scientific and Engineering fields participated in the various activities and events organized by the Association all these years. When the veteran leader Shri M.N. Govindan Nair was the Electricity Minister, the Association faced the most challenging period in its history including imprisonment of its leaders when strike for the Power Engineer’s Cause.

January 2012

Assistant Engineers recruited to KSE Board during the year 1997 are in
an embarrassing situation when they are made to work under their former subordinates who have been promoted and posted as their superiors. Out
of the 757 Assistant Engineers (Electrical) recruited through PSC during  1997- 2000, about 350 Assistant Engineers are now facing this embarrassing situation. The basic reason for this anomaly is the undue delay in adopting the amendments/revision of Engineering Service Rules. If this stalemate is allowed to continue, half of the 1997 batch Asst.Engineers will retire at the entry cadre itself without getting a single promotion even after serving more than 25 years.

November 2011

The November 22nd Tuesday witnessed yet another fatal accident at heights costing one more precious life. This time the victim happened to be a contract worker who is said to have sound working experience in EHT lines. The accident occurred while he was working in one of the circuits of Lower Periar-Madakkathara (LP-MKA) 220 kV Double Circuit Line.

October 2011

The Opposition stormed out of the Assembly in protest against what it termed the present Government’s inept handling of the power crisis. An adjournment motion on the issue was moved by former Electricity Minister Sri. A K Balan. According to the former Minister, mismanagement by the KSEB had forced imposition of the burden of a thermal power surcharge and an unannounced load shedding upon the consumers. The Government could have done without the surcharge – 25 paisa per unit collected from October 1 – as the KSEB had a revenue surplus of Rs 22 crore, he argued. Quite promptly, Electricity Minister Sri. Aryadan Mohammed replied that the proposal for imposing thermal fuel surcharge was moved by the previous LDF Government, when Sri.Balan himself was the Electricity Minister.

September 2011

Hundred days are over since the installation of new Government and whatever programme has been set as 100 day programme in KSEB is nothing but a bracketed schedule of activities that has already been going on here. Past 100 days has really been an idling period for the Board Management and the Captain was seen to be adopting more or less a laissez-faire role. Now the Government showed wisdom by appointing one of the most competent Engineers in KSEB as Member (Transmission & Generation Operation) who has demonstrated proficiency in all the major functional areas of power sector including corporate planning.

August 2011

T he revision in pay and allowances due from 2008 has been implemented for the workmen category as early as 2/2011.However the process for implementing the same for the Engineers and officers has not yet reached the final stages. The Board had approved and forwarded the proposal for revision of the pay and allowances of the engineers and officers to the Government for approval on 01-03-2011.

August 2011

The revision in pay and allowances due from 2008 has been implemented for the workmen category as early as 2/2011.However the process for implementing the same for the Engineers and officers has not yet reached the final stages. The Board had approved and forwarded the proposal for revision of the pay and allowances of the engineers and officers to the Government for approval on 01-03-2011.The process of Government approval would have been a routine affair, but for a letter received by the Government alleging that the pay hike proposed for engineers is exorbitant.

July 2011

The 20/6 was a Black Monday for KSEB and for the State. For the first time ever since it’s commissioning, thick cloud emanated from the prestigious Under- ground Power Station at Idukki, the news about which came as a shock to many. The disaster took away two precious lives. No doubt it is a great loss to the Board and for the Nation which was said during Panniar disaster also. But the loss suffered by the victim’s immediate near and dear ones are incalculable and life- long sustaining, no matter
whatever be the amount of compensation given.

June 2011

The subsequent events demonstrated that the so-called approved Generation plan remains in paper only. Within a week after the issuance of the B.O, the BDPP has to generate 621000 kWh of electricity on 21st and 15000 kWh on 22nd in spite of the fact that in many areas undeclared load shedding was also to be resorted to. On 23rd, the prejudiced attempt not to operate the BDPP to justify the generation plan ended in declared load shedding.

April 2011

In 177 of the Electricity Act, 2003, the Central Electricity Authority made regulations for Measures relating to Safety and Electric Supply vide its notification dated 20th September 2010. These regulations clearly prescribe the qualification and experience requirement for personnel working in electrical installations and for conducting inspections in HT and LT installations. To implement the stipulations under para 5 of Chapter II, KSEB designated a Chief Engineer as Safety Commissioner to function as the Chief Safety Officer
of Board.

March 2011

When there was just about forty three days to go for the notification of Assembly election, the Minister invited the Union & Association representatives and informed his desire to give two pay-revisions in his tenure, a task that was seemingly impossible if the historical duration of collective bargaining in KSEB was any indicator.

February 2011

From the wild of fragmented events and fragile promises, the decade old yelling about the leopard became a reality. The effort of the Government for the past four years to corporatize Kerala State Electricity Board succeeded with the registration of a new entity by name ” KSEB Ltd ” under Companies Act 1956.

January 2011

From the wild of fragmented events and fragile promises, the decade old yelling about the leopard became a reality. The effort of the Government for the past four years to corporatize Kerala State Electricity Board succeeded with the registration of a new entity by name ” KSEB Ltd ” under Companies Act 1956.

December 2010

Scientists say that the Work done is equal to Force applied multiplied by the Distance travelled. No matter the quantum of force one applies, if he fails to move the things a bit ahead, the work done would be reduced to zero! This theory seemed to have had highlighted by the legendary genius, popularly known as “Naranathu Bhranthan”, who toiled every day from dawn to dusk to push up a large stone uphill and let it fall to the original point by sunset accompanied by contemptuous loud cheers.

November 2010

The country seems to be in a continued sporty mood with the successful conducting of Commonwealth Games. Though not at the same rate of Delhi, Indian Athletes are faring well in Asian Games too at Guangzhou and we are proud that four sports persons from KSEB are selected to the teams representing India. The Association congratulates them and wishes them to bring victory to the country and to KSEB.

October 2010


Kerala State Electricity Board is again under the shadow of an allegation accusing corruption in the awarding of a computerization project under R-APDRP scheme. The fact that the allegation wasfirst made by none other than the previous Electricity Minister Sri Aryaden Mohammed, who is well versed about the affairs of the board, commands attention.

September 2010

When the Entire Nation Demands Pay  Revision, How KSEB Alone can deny the long pending Pay Revision to its Engineers and Employees?????


August 2010

The tug of war between two institutions of state power sector is defenitely not in the wider public interest and can only help to undermine the healthy growth of the power sector.While appreciating the Company’s wisdom in clearing the doubts about its precieved stand in matters related to the service conditions and benefits being enjoyed by the KSEB Employees by upholding the provisions, regretfully it is seen that the commision is acting with pride and prejudice in the matter of its KSEB specific regulations.

July 2010

It is quite surprising that a Minutes of Meeting is seen issued from the Office of the Member (G) deliberating a proposal to recognise the Generation wing with two Trade Unions. Generation being a functional sector requiring high concentration of Engineers in Staff Pattern, it is quite inappropriate and lacks mandate for his office to indulge in such a misadventure.

June 2010

In the recent orders from KSERC, whether they are on the truing up of audited accounts or on ARR & ERC, an unholy collusion angle with a very rich lobby that represents only less than 0.05% of the vast consumer base, is clearly visible.

May 2010

That is what we have to say after concluding the deliberations of the May 9, F. N. session seminar on’Post Compenhagen Challenges to Kerala Power Sector’ in the wake of the global effort to mitigate the heating up of our planet.

April 2010

The Engineers Association took birth on the auspicious day on April 25th, 1954 in the central hall of old government Engineering college, Trivandram. This year on 9th May, we are proudly convening the 57th Annual General Body of the Association at Caldian Centre, Trichur.

March 2010

As being projected, the spurt in consumption and peak demand during the month of march should not be totally unexpected. If past trend with reference to january and march consumption pattern is analysed even by a layman standard, one can estimate the maximum consumption can go up to 56.55 MU this year with an average consumption of not less than 52.75 MU for the month of March. If summer rain blesses, this can come down to 51.3 MU

February 2010

In this coloumn of 2009, February edition , we called upon the trade unions and Associations to get rid of the usual lethargy and demand to start the pay revision Exercise so as to conclude the new package before the threshold limit set for corporatization.

January 2010

Food ,Clothing and Shelter have been considered as the basic needs of Humans for long. But today, if anyone asks the modern age common man, he will surely add electricity as the forth basic need of the present day life style.

December 2009

The Power Engineers Training and Research Centre(PETRAC) was set up as a statutory institute mandated by rules to impart training of Electrical Engineers for obtaining license to operate Power houses and EHT Sub Stations under KSEB

November 2009

After a long spell of scarcity, the fresh air is getting induced in KSEB environment. The long felt acute shortage of Assistant Engineers is expected to be made up soon when the 302 numbers strong team , whose appointment letters have already been sent, join the technical fold of the organisation.

October 2009

When the Hon.Minister desired to summon the Trade union and association leaders at durbar hall last month for discussing the restructuring of our organisation, We were given a feeling that the representatives of Employees and Engineers will have a role in deciding our future.

September 2009

Two years has been passed since the occurance of the tragic event that took eight precious lives at Panniar power house on the 17th afternoon of september, 2007. The disaster initiated in the form of a spiraling water fountain emanated from a sheared penstock pipe.

August 2009

Though frozen in government cold storage, KSEB is still pulsating and quite unexpectedly a spark is visible at the end of tunnel signalling her revival. The light apperared in the form of a land mark judgement of the Appelette tribunal for electricity in a case between Chattisgarh State trading corporation Chattisgarh state regulatory commission.

July 2009

It is neither good governance nor bad governance that is going on in KSEB, but it is un governance! Governance is only about people and only a good governed lot will bemorally bound to run the machinery well oiled. Most of the governing function in KSEBis entrusted with the office of the chief engineer

June 2009

When a qualified and elegible candidate seeks employement,he/she will be presented with so many oppurtunities out of which, one job will be selected after evaluating the pros and corns of the offered service benefits