Dimapur, October 13: The Power Department revamped the Lineman Training Centre (LMTC) located at Electrical Colony, Dimapur starting with the design and publication of its first Training Manual titled, “LMTC Training Manual, First Edition 2019” running into about 528 pages, divided into two volumes.
Er. G Chishi, Engineer-in-Chief, Department of Power, Nagaland, released this First Edition of the LMTC Training Manual in the presence of offices and staff of the Department on October 12 at the LMTC premises, Dimapur.
Speaking during the occasion, Er. K K Awomi, CE(D&R) said that in the power sector, utilities are now moving towards preventive maintenance while “we are still stuck in the mode of line restoration attempts only after breakdowns.”
He encouraged that through proper training, the Power Department should also now try to move towards preventive maintenance.
Er. Shikato, CE (T&G) observed that earlier, trainings in LMTC were taken more seriously, but over the years it had deteriorated due to our own weakness, but now it was time that it should be rejuvenated.
He further stated that when staffs were sent for training, they should not see it as a punishment, but rather, the facility and the quality of the training should be such that, they should look forward to be sent for training. Towards this, he committed that the physical infrastructure of the LMTC shall be improved.
Er. B.Tiameren, SE(MIS) said that unless field staffs are trained properly, they would be unable to function effectively, but rather, the “little knowledge” becomes dangerous in the form of accidents and poor service.
As technology is also fast changing especially in IT, the Department should also keep pace with proper training, and LMTC should also be equipped to provide IT training, he added.
Ghonito Chishi, President of ANEFWA Dimapur Zone, speaking on behalf of the field workers, stated that about 50% of the field staffs were untrained, and that due to shortage of field staffs, many Divisional Engineers were unwilling to spare them to be sent for training. But he wished that all field staffs should be given yearly refresher course trainings.
Er. PenrithungYanthan, President APEN, said that lack of skills and knowledge led to poor motivation and poor service, as was being experienced today. The Department thus needs good training and learning facility. The LMTC should not be a mere Centre, but should have the equipment and facility to become an Institute, he said adding it should be the policy of the Department that every one of its employee should be trained.
Er. G Chishi, Engineer-in-Chief, in speech said that now all fresh recruits – JEs/SDOs/Meter Readers/Bill Assistants/Field staffs, shall be henceforth trained, which shall be a Departmental Policy.
He said that workcharge staff shall not be regularized unless they possess the LMTC Certificate.
He said that over the years LMTC rather than getting built up, was deteriorating due to lack of funds as there was no budgeted head for trainings and LMTC. But he assured that all efforts shall be made to change this scenario.
He challenged all officers to have a positive attitude and to try and contribute in a positive manner for the Department and in public service. He had earlier directed all working Divisions to make some resource contribution towards LMTC development to create awareness within the Department of the importance of training and of LMTC.
The program was chaired by Er. Moa Aier, SE (E) Dimapur, who is also the Head of the LMTC. In his welcome and opening remarks, he highlighted that among the many issues confronting the power sector in the State, work safety was one key issue.
Unless training, re-training and regular refresher courses were conducted the Power Department would not be able to deliver proper services. Towards this, he proposed that the LMTC should be strengthened and upgraded to Nagaland Power Training Institute (NPTI), where not only the Field workers, but all officers, ministerial staff and all other category of staffs could be trained.
Hekaholi presented a special number, and the vote of thanks was proposed by Er. Albert Ovung, SDO (E) LMTC. He expressed his profound thanks to the E-in-C and the C.E (D&R) and C.E (T&G) for their unstinted support and encouragement which had made publication of the First Edition Training Manual possible, and for giving due importance and recognition to the Training Centre.
(Page News Service)