Announcing a major Diwali bonanza, the Punjab government today regularised the services of its over 30,000 employees working on contract/adhoc/daily-wages/temporary/work-charged basis in various government departments/boards/corporations and societies in the state. The land mark decision, which will also impact the future of thousands of other employees working on contract through private outsourcing agencies or contractors, as they would now become contract employees of the state government. This decision comes into force with immediate effect.
A decision to this effect was taken during the Cabinet meeting chaired by the Punjab Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal here at Punjab Bhawan this afternoon.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that a proposal to this effect was cleared yesterday at a meeting of the Cabinet Sub Committee chaired by the Sukhbir Singh Badal.
It may be recalled that the last decision on regularisation of employees was also taken during the SAD-BJP government in its last tenure when more than 45,000 contract employees were absorbed as regular members of the government staff. Whereas, no employees were regularised during the 2002-2007 tenure of the Congress government headed by Captain Amarinder Singh. On the contrary, the Amarinder government had slapped a blanket ban on fresh recruitments and regularisations. Even the posts falling vacant due to retiring employees were scrapped or allowed to lapse so that they could not be filled even at future date. However, the SAD-BJP government filled those posts with contractual employees who have now been regularised with today’s decision.
Both the CM and the Deputy CM were of the view that these contractual employees had come to the aid of the government when the government required their services at a short notice and had been working diligently and conscientiously since then. They have gained precious experience on the jobs and this experience cannot be allowed to go in vain. The state owes it to the families of thee employees to absorb them now as regular and proud members of the government, added the spokesperson.
The services of Group A, B & C employees working on contract/adhoc/daily-wages/temporary/work-charged basis in various government departments/boards/corporations and societies, who have completed three years of continuous service, fulfilled educational qualifications and age limit at the time of initial appointment and were recruited in a transparent manner would be regularized in the concerned departments, boards, corporations and societies etc. The existing pay of these employees would be protected and continue to draw this salary for three years.
Another category of Group-D employees, who have already completed three years of service and working on contract/adhoc/daily-wages/temporary/work-charged basis in various government departments/boards/corporations and societies and fulfilled the requisite criteria at the time of initial appointment, would also be regularized in the concerned departments, boards, corporations and societies etc. The pay of these employees would also be protected and continue to draw the same salary for three years.
In another significant decision, the Cabinet also decided to "adopt” all the employees who have been taken through private outsourcing agencies or contractors. These employees will no longer be on contract with the private contractors but would be shifted straightaway to a direct arrangement with the government. "They now become government’s own contractual employees and will be eligible to benefits which were normally available to other contract employees in their respective categories, mentioned the spokesperson.”
The Cabinet also directed the Chief Secretary to ensure that all the cases related to employment on compassionate grounds in all departments should be decided and disposed off on priority within a period of three weeks.
In another land-mark decision, the Cabinet further decided that the entire backlog of posts related to all reserved categories which included scheduled castes, backward classes, physically handicapped should be immediately filled up through a special recruitment drive.
The Chief Minister also intervened to ensure that the employees were given benefits of the services they have already put in and must not be taken in as fresh recruits. They will be given pay protection and will be allowed to draw pay equivalent to the last pay drawn by them.