KARACHI - A thousand KESC employees were sacked on Sunday for refusing to work under the voluntary separation scheme, introduced by the power utility’s management.

Over a thousand employees working with 13 different departments of the KESC were issued termination letters, with the advice to receive their dues latest by March 2.

An official of the KESC said that although these workers did not opt for the VSS, they had not been sent home empty-handed. “The VSS package is valid for them, offering them a minimum five-year of their future salary.”

Earlier, the KESC management had claimed that 78 per cent out of a total of 4,500 non-core staffers had accepted the voluntary retirement package.

In an earlier move, the management had issued “separation letters” to 250 such non-core workers, including clerks, gardeners and bill distributors, after the expiry of the February 10 deadline. KESC Labour Union Chairman Ikhlaq Ahmed said the termination of the 1,000 employees was an open violation of the contract.

MPA reviews uplift: MPA Nishat Muhammad Zia Qadri on Sunday reviewed the ongoing development schemes of water supply and sewerage which are being executed in Shah Faisal Colony with his special development fund. Speaking on the occasion, he directed the officials concerned to expedite the pace of work on the development works and ensure timely completion. He said that water supply and sewage projects were being executed to resolve problems of the people of area.

Media role talked for betterment in society:  The participants at a writing skill training session noted that media could bring positive change in the society by sensitizing the youth about important issues being confronted by the country here on Sunday.

The daylong training session was organised by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in collaboration with Jinnah University for Women to discuss the role of media in development of the society.  Speaking on the occasion, PPF Senior Coordinator Lala Hassan said that impartiality, honesty and bravery could help ensure effective and free flow of communication.