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Over 17,000 in government departments to benefit

The State Government will complete regularisation by end of June

Cabinet subcommittee will frame special recruitment rules

Gulbarga: The Karnataka State Government Daily Wage Workers’ Association president Chandrasekhar Hiremath on Friday said that the State Government had for the first time given assurance that before the end of June services of over 17,000 daily wage workers, who are employed in different government departments, would be regularised.

Mr. Hiremath called off the indefinite fast he had launched in Bangalore eight days ago. He told presspersons that the Parliamentary Affairs and Law Minister Suresh Kumar had given assurance on behalf of the Government that the entire process of regularising the services of over 17,000 daily wage workers will be completed by end of June this year.

Mr Hiremath who had begun indefinite fast in Bangalore on February 18 called off his agitation on February 25 after Mr. Suresh Kumar called on him at the venue of the agitation and promised in front of agitating daily wage workers that their services would be regularised. “I have called off the agitation with the hope that the Minister will keep his promise and the State Government will not go back on the assurance given this time”.

He said the Minister said that the Cabinet subcommittee appointed under the chairmanship of Public Works Minister C.M. Udasi to go into formalities to regularise services and frame special recruitment rules, would be asked to complete their work immediately and submit the report to the Government for follow-up action. Mr Hiremath said that the announcement in the State Budget for 2009-10 that a sum of Rs. 1,000 extra wages would be paid to daily wage workers working in Government departments for more than ten years continuously itself was a a positive move and proved that sustained agitation by the daily wage workers had moved the Government to take some action. “However, the announcement of Rs. 1,000 extra wages to daily wage workers is not agreeable to us and we want regularisation of services and not just some perks”.