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Class IV contract employees to be regularised

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Cabinet panel also decides to increase wages to Rs. 8,000 a month. Government wants to consider regularisation positively if there are no legal hurdles, says Finance Minister Y. Ramakrishnudu.

In a solution to the long-pending demand of contract employees, State Cabinet Sub-Committee has decided to recommend regularisation of services of over 3,000 class IV employees appointed before 1993.

The committee comprising Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Kamineni Srinivasa Rao and Ganta Srinivasa Rao met here on Saturday and held a detailed discussion in the background of judgments given in different High Courts, Supreme Court judgment and legal opinion of Additional Advocate General.

Later speaking to media persons, Mr.Ramakrishnudu said there were different categories of contract employees lecturers and para medical employees besides class IV employees.

He explained that the 1993 judgment stipulated that contract employees appointed before 1993 could be regularised based on vacancies, qualification etc., and accordingly government had been regularising employees as and when vacancies arose as per the GOs 212 and 112 over the years..

The case of class IV contract employees could be taken up as they were appointed prior to 1993 in two batches – 1,003 in one batch and 2,121 in another batch. But if identified vacancies are in one district, they are working in other districts. Thus the committee took a view to suppress the vacancies in other districts and recommend creation of super numerary posts to regularise the class IV workers wherever they are working. But most of these employees are on verge of retirement but regularisation would give them benefits like pension.

It also decided to recommend revision of the wages of class IVemployees- mainly scavengers, watchmen who were paid nominal wages of Rs.2,000 and Rs.2,500 a month to about Rs.8,000. The wage hike will pose a burden of Rs.33 crore a year which will come into effect from next financial year, he said.

That would leave regularisation of 9,333 contract employees- lecturers and para medical staff – in education and Health Departments excluding those working in public enterprises and local bodies. But the latest Supreme Court judgement and Karnataka High Court judgement were against regularisation of services of contract employees.

“Government is sympathetic to contract employees. Hence we need to study further how to regularise without violating the SC Judgement and are seeking clarity. On the other hand, unemployed youth are also following the development,” he said.

Government wants to consider regularisation positively if there are no legal hurdles. Other options are continue contract employees by hiking their wages and the third option is regular recruitment by giving age relaxation and weigtage to contract employees, he said.

The committee asked the Education and Health Departments to submit how the recruitment process was done to appoint contract employees - whether notification was issued or not or appointments were made locally and give a report. The committee will meet again on November 30, he said.

Mr.Ramakrishnudu said contract employees could also give their views or their arguments put forth by their lawyers to justify regularisation.

Though the committee did not consider the issues of outsourced employees in the meeting today, it was clear that outsourced employees would not be regularised.

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