Outsourced employees up in arms

Protests have erupted in various departments

Hyderabad: Outsourced state government employees are up in arms for being excluded from the regularisation scheme of contract workers promised by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao.

Protests have erupted in various departments, especially in the Electricity department as it employs about 22,000 temporary employees, of whom 90 per cent are said to be outsourced.

Mr Nooruddin, an outsourced employee, said, “I have been working since 16 years as an outsourced employee. There are many others like me but our salaries have increased just marginally. We get just around Rs 6,000. We climb electricity poles and do every other risky job but our salaries are nowhere compared to regular employees. The worst part is that the contractors who employ us do not pay our Provident Fund money regularly and have accumulated crores. In rural areas contractors take up to 20 per cent as commission from the salaries of outsourced employees. If not regularisation then we must at least be freed from the tyranny of the contractors.”

Mr J. Praveen, founder president of the Telangana Contract and Outsourcing Employees Association, said, “Everybody needs job security. Contract and outsourced employees are ready-made human resource and the government should nurture them, not kill them.

A post-graduate teacher working with Rajiv Vidya Mission on contract basis gets just around Rs 7,000, which is an insult to his talent.

“We met the chief secretary and presented a representation for enhancing remuneration as per the Pay Revision Commission 2015. Contractors should be removed. Contract and outsourced employees were exploited in united AP and hopefully in Telangana things will change.”

( Source : dc correspondent )
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