A policy would be formulated for computer and outsource employees within a month and a half, stated Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh here today while presiding over the meeting of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) to discuss the issues of various categories of employees.
On the demands raised by Bawa Hardeep Singh, Chairman Construction Workers Welfare Board, the Chief Minster said that sympathetic measures would be taken and policy be made for regularization of panchayat chowkidars who were working since long. He said that taking into consideration the services being provided by Panchayat Chowkidars, the State government recently enhanced their honorarium from 2050 to Rs 2550. Even the incentive of Asha workers had been enhanced to Rs 1000, he said.
The Chief Minister said that separate provision should be made to pay pension of the employees, particularly of Himachal Road Transport Corporation and the money under pension head should not be utilized elsewhere. He also directed for granting timely pension to the employees.
He directed that the teachers engaged by School Management Committees (SMC), may not be replaced and transferred as they were giving their services in schools in far flung areas. It was stated in the meeting that the services of SMC teachers have been continued for the year 2017-18.
The Chief Minister also asked to formulate a policy for water guards kept by Panchayats but their honorarium was being withdrawn from IPH department. He said that their job needs to be defined as well as streamlined so that they may be benefitted. A joint meeting of Panchayati Raj and IPH department should be held to solve the issue, he said.
On the demand raised to relax conditions for promotion of Junior Engineer (JE) in Irrigation and Public Health department, the Chief Minister said that the government would sympathetically consider relaxation in a period of service from 25 to 20 years of Work Inspectors and Surveyors for post of JE.
Bawa Hardeep Singh also raised the demand to increase the daily wages from Rs. 250 to Rs. 300 in election manifesto of the Congress Party for the next Assembly elections. He said that the condition for regularization of water carriers be reduced to eight years instead of 14. Besides, he also urged for reducing the service period of pump operators for regularizing.
Director Industries Shri Rajesh Sharma, briefed the Chief Minister about other demands.
Senior officers of the state government were present on the occasion amongst representatives of various unions and associations.