JAMMU/ Srinagar: The Graduate Electrical engineers of the State observed mass casual leave and held sit in dharna at PDD Complex Narwal, Jammu and Bemina Complex at Srinagar besides Leh Ladakh, in response to the call given by Jammu & Kashmir Electrical Graduate Engineers Association (JKEEGA). The sit in dharna was attended by Power engineers, including Development Commissioner Power (DCP) J&K , Secy Technical J&K and all other cadres from Chief Engineers to Junior Engineers cadre across the State. Airing their views, the speakers regretted that the DCP,CE’s, SE’s, XEN’s are still working in pay and grade of maximum of AEE and are superannuating in that scale only. The assurances given by Government to implement the Running Pay Grade (Assured Career Progression Scheme) has turned to be hollow promises resulting into utter mess. They said the J&K Government has transformed the Power Development Department into as in-charge/stop-gap and casual entity. The Graduate Power engineers voice ferociously demanded the filling up of vacancies i.e all the cadres by way of promotions and showed their dismay that at present nearly 40 posts of Executive Engineer, more than 100 posts of Assistant Executive Engineer and nearly 150 post of Assistant Engineers are lying vacant in the department.