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PUNJAB Cabinet call today on contractual workers-27,000 To Be Affected

March 06, 2019 06:18 AM


Cabinet call today on contractual workers
27,000 To Be Affected


The Punjab council of ministers, in a meeting on Wednesday, is expected to take a final call on offering permanent employment to nearly 27,000 contractual employees of the state government.

The step, aimed at wooing government employees, is most likely to come at what possibly will be the last cabinet meeting before the election code of conduct comes into force for the Lok Sabha polls this year. Once the code is enforced, the cabinet will be able to take such a decision. After numerous meetings with various employees’ unions, it is learnt that a cabinet sub-committee, formed to decide on how to regularise the employee’s services, has divided various protesting employees into five categories — including contractual and outsourced employees. A source said it was unlikely for the council to allow regularising the jobs which had been outsourced. These include posts of drivers, data-entry operators, and employees appointed in various panchayats.

The sub-commitee comprises health minister Brahm Mohindra, finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal and technical education minister Charanjit Singh Channi.

On Tuesday, school teachers had a meeting with the health and finance ministers, school education minister OP Soni and jails minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. Washington Singh, general secretary of the Punjab Master Cadre Union, said, “They have given us an assurance for the promotion of over 5,000 master cadre teachers as lecturers. Their promotions were pending for almost three years.”

He claimed that the group of ministers also assured the employees’ union that “forcible transfers” of around 1,000 Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and other cadre teachers would be cancelled. In all, 8,886 contractual teachers recruited under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and RMSA are demanding that the state government regularise their services and, at the same time, their salary be protected.

But the state government had last year set a salary for Rs 15,300 per month for the first three years after a teacher was regularising. Earlier, the teachers were drawing a salary of Rs 42,300 per month. Though over 3,000 teachers gave their option to the government, others who did not toe the government’s line or indulged in protests were transferred.


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