Khammam: Nearly 380 junior panchayat raj secretaries (JPRS) working on an outsourcing basis have been removed by the state government to make it easier to post regular employees during the district cadre allocation.
The government had recruited 9,350 JPRS by conducting an elgibility test in 2018. About 900 of them left the job due to various reasons, and the government filled up the posts in 2019.
The JPRS, who were taken as an outsourcing system, were promised that their services would be regularised over time. They are paid Rs 15,000 as salary per month. The salaries were paid through the treasury at the initial stage and through the contracting agency in the later stages.
These JPRS began lobbying with the collectors over the last two years to regularise their services. Interestingly, a few of them were indeed regularised.
After several promises that their services would be regularised in phases, they were suddenly removed from services five days ago and were informed by oral orders by the district panchayat officer. They have been replaced by senior JPRS coming from other districts.
About 26 JPRS in Khammam district and 38 in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district have been removed from service. The sacked personnel are approaching officials to ask about the sudden termination.
B Nagaraju, junior panchayat raj secretary of Chinnamallela under Vemsoor mandal, said, "Officials informed us that the government took the decision and that they have no role. The officials expressed sympathy at the injustice done to us. We are trying to approach court."
He said that he had joined as JPRS after leaving his job as a guest lecturer in a government college in Sattupalli.
Imam, JPS of Thallampadu under Khammam Rural mandal, said that they were in dark with regard to their future.
Anil, JPS of Kamalapuram under Karepalli mandal and Swarlatha of Guravaigudem in Raghunathapalem mandal, were among them who lost their jobs. There are 78 JPRS in Nizamabad, 25 in Sangareddy and sixteen from Hanumakonda districts who have also lost their jobs.