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30,000 contractual employees to regularised in Punjab

Chandigarh: In a major decision ahead of the state Assembly polls, Punjab Cabinet today regularised services of over 30,000 contractual employees of the government.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal
The proposal was finalised yesterday in a Cabinet Sub Committee meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Employees working on contract, adhoc, daily-wage, temporary and work-charged basis in government departments, boards, corporations and societies will be regularised, a spokesman with the Chief Minister’s Office said.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today.

The spokesman said these employees should have completed three years of continuous service, fulfilled educational qualifications and age limit at the time of appointment

The proposal was finalised yesterday in a Cabinet Sub Committee meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Industry Minister Madan Mohan Mittal, Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi, Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema, Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa and Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani were part of the committee.

The last decision on regularisation was taken in the last tenure of the SAD-BJP government in which 45,000 employees were regularised.

Pays of those regularised will be protected and they can continue to draw salary for three years.

“Group-D employees will be regularised like those in Group A, B and C,” he assured.

In another landmark decision, the Cabinet “adopted” all employees taken through private outsourcing agencies or contractors.

These employees will now be shifted straightaway to a direct arrangement and become the government’s contractual employees. They will be eligible for benefits, he said

The Cabinet directed the Chief Secretary to ensure all cases related to employment are decided and disposed within three-weeks on compassionate grounds.

It further decided to fill vacant posts related to all reserved categories, SC, OBC and physically handicapped. The CM intervened to ensure employees were given benefits for their past services and not be considered fresh recruits.

“They will be given pay protection and will be allowed to draw pay equivalent to their last pay,” the CM said.

In a goodwill gesture, the Cabinet approved special grant-in-aid of up to Rs 50 lakh to war widows (or their legal heirs) of soldiers martyred in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak and 1962 Indo-China wars.

PTI
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