The regularisation of casual employees has been the worst promises made by subsequent governments. Till date these employees working in various departments for over three decades have been living on the promise of regularisation. A major segment of these employees have been staging protests but nothing was done to ameliorate the conditions. Same is the case with temporary teachers. Protests, hunger strike have been a regular feature of these sections of employees to get regularised. Most of the political parties have been extending support to their agitation and promised to take up their cause with government. Some of the political party leaders even sat with them on the agitation for photo-ops and today the situation has not changed much. It looks the much talked “New Recruitment Policy 2015” announced on July 1 last had not served its purpose. The Governor at that time had rejected the policy and had asked the Government to review it and make it more people-friendly. Not, only the Governor’s Office, even the policy is greeted with series of protests, from the various sections of the society. But finally, after various rounds of meetings, the “New Recruitment Policy 2015” was implemented. The fast track recruitment targeted to fill 7,500 jobs at initial level. Even as the government was contemplating privatising the power sector in the State, the fate of more than 8,000 daily rated workers hangs in the balance till date. There are speculations that the government is planning to sack all daily wagers working in the power department as their services will no more be needed after the department work is privatised. The topsy-turvy employment policy via temporary route has not benefitted the people who have taken up the job with promise of regularisation after the stipulated time period and the worst is today government finds itself in deficit to meet the temporary workers’ wage compulsions. Hope the present government will heed to the employees demand and relook into the political-desire driven employment policy.
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