The Uttar Pradesh government today decided to regularise services of daily wage and casual workers appointed by it before 1991.

The decision to regularise those appointed in various departments, local bodies, housing board and development authorities will put an additional burden of Rs. 80 crore on the State exchequer.

“In a meeting held this morning, the cabinet chaired by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati approved a proposal to regularise services of daily wage and work charge appointed before 1991,” Principal Secretary, Information Vijay Shanker Pandey told reporters here.

The decision will benefit 26,800 part time employees and will create an additional financial burden of Rs. 80 crore on the state exchequer, he said.

Mr. Pandey said that additional posts will be created to accommodate work charge and daily wage employees.

“At present there are 10,000 work charge and 9,800 daily wage employees in different departments, who were engaged before 1991,” the principal secretary said, adding that their regularisation will create an additional financial burden of Rs. 20 crore on the government.

Similarly, there are 3,000 daily wage employees in the local bodies and 4,000 daily wagers and work charge employees in housing board and development authorities.

“The decision will create an additional financial burden of Rs. 60 crore on the local bodies, housing board and development authorities, which will be borne by these institutions,” he said.

He said that employees of local bodies, housing board and development authorities were already getting salary equivalent to class four as per the court order.

“The decision will solve a big problem as thousands of cases related to regularisation of service were pending in the courts. While the employees were spending money on these cases, the government had to make extra efforts,” Mr. Pandey said.

He said that the government had already banned appointment of daily wage and work charge employees from June 29, 1991.