Bhubaneswar: As many as 412 newly-recruited employees joined Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (OPTCL) today.
Of the total newly-recruited employees, 161 are electrical engineers, 54 office assistants and 197 electrical technicians. An orientation programme was organised at Convention Centre in Lok Seva Bhawan here.
Addressing the new recruits, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “Quality and reliable power is an indispensable entitlement of every citizen. This is also a basic ingredient of growth. We must, therefore, work for ensuring quality uninterrupted power supply to our consumers, farmers and industries.”
Stating that the state government has adopted the 5T mantra to transform governance, he urged all the new professionals to follow and imbibe this 5T mantra of Teamwork, Technology, Transparency, and Time leading to Transformation.
“We will definitely achieve our goal of providing quality, secure and reliable power to all the people of Odisha,” said the Chief Minister.
Welcoming the new recruits to OPTCL, the Chief Minister said the state government has been investing significantly in the power sector to enhance electricity generation and strengthen the transmission and distribution infrastructure.
“Odisha is now a power surplus state. The consumer base of the state has grown exponentially to 97 Lakh which was only 16 lakh in 2000. The State has been conveniently meeting its peak demand of 5,300 Mega Watt round the year,” revealed Patnaik.
Praising the OPTCL for its contribution, he said that the corporation has made significant addition to state’s transmission infrastructure with 193 grid substations.
“Since 2010, the OPTCL has recruited two thousand three hundred professionals from various disciplines, and this year only around 300 jobs have been created for the local youth,” said the Chief Minister while appreciating the efforts of OPTCL in providing employment to youngsters,
Reiterating the state government’s commitment to create more jobs, he said “I will be personally monitoring its progress.”
Participating in the event, Energy Minister Pratap Keshari Dev said, “Continuous economic progress in Odisha has resulted in a huge increase in demand for power. So this job is a huge responsibility to provide round-the-clock quality power to people.”
Dev advised the new recruits to follow 5T principles to achieve success.
Development Commissioner Anu Garg said, “It’s a milestone for all the newly-employed youngsters. This is an opportunity for them to improve ease of living of people by ensuring quality power.”
She urged the new recruits to develop qualities like integrity, compassion, hard work and constant improvement in knowledge.
Two Management Trainees Jyotikrushna Panda and Swayamprabha Nayak shared their experience on the occasion.
5T Secretary VK Pandian and other senior officials were present on the occasion.
Energy Department Additional Chief Secretary Nikunja Bihar Dhal gave the welcome address and OPTCL CMD proposed the vote of thanks.