Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Dec 14: In the backdrop of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's announcement, the Finance Department would likely issue a formal order within a week for regularization of casual labourers and daily wagers in the state.
Mehbooba had on Wednesday said the state government will regularize the services of 60,000 casual labourers and daily wagers.
A senior official told Early Times that Finance Department would issue an SRO related to the regularization within a week. He said once the order is issued, it will be sent to all government departments for its implementation. "The daily wagers and casual labourers are in every department. So every department will be implementing the order," he said.
The official said that government has already framed a road map for regularization of casual labourers and daily wagers in the government departments.
"Initially the regularization would be made against consolidated remuneration depending on the skill and length of engagement of a worker. However, they would be entitled to all financial and service benefits, including annual pay hike, NPS, leave and medical reimbursement, periodical hikes in remuneration, maintenance of service records and would be covered under work, conduct and discipline rules including retirement," said the official.
On October 23 this year, the state cabinet headed by CM accepted the report of the high-level committee headed by Chief Secretary, laying out a roadmap for absorption, regularization of casual, seasonal labourers and daily-rated workers to ensure sustainable livelihood to thousands of persons whose engagement was made from time to time.
The cabinet at that time had asked the Finance Department to workout concrete measures to give a practical shape to the roadmap to meet the long-standing demand of such appointees.
Sources said that there are 1.05 lakh daily earners and casual workers working in different departments. Out of this 30,000 are working in the Public Health and Engineering Department while as 13,412 are working in the Power Development Department.