Sunday, June 13, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Regularise daily wage jobs, KPTCL told

Regularise daily wage jobs, KPTCL told

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 12 Jun 2010 04:32:53 AM ISTLast
Updated : 12 Jun 2010 10:53:18 AM IST

BANGALORE: The Karnataka State Commission for Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes has ordered the Karnataka Power Transmission
Corporation Ltd (KPTCL) to regularise the jobs of 840 daily wage
employees and hand them permanent posts.

The order issued on Friday by the commission's chairman Nehru C
Olekar, added that of the 840 employees (64 per cent of whom are
SC/STs, and the rest belong to backward classes), the ones below 47
years of age should immediately be given permanent posts and also hike
the salaries of those above 47 years of age. Representing the
employees, advocate Rupesh said that for the last 30 years, these
employees have been carrying out jobs of sweeper, attendant and
sometimes also doubling up as linemen.

Before 1998, these people were drawing a salary of Rs 3,100, but after
1998, it has been reduced to 2,600, he added.

He also said that most were temporary employees, however, they ended
up doing more than their expected share of work.

Since they are working on a temporary basis, the higher officers take
them for granted, he added.

Rupesh said that in November 2007, KPTCL had constituted a committee
to look into the state of the daily wage employees, and in July 2008,
it had recommended permanent jobs for people below the age of 47 years
and to increase the salary of those above 47 years of age.

However, no such thing has happened, he said. Defending KPTCL,
additional chief secretary, Energy Department, K Jairaj said that
although their committee had given recommendations, they could not
implement them as there was a Supreme Court order in the case of State
of Karnataka vs Uma Devi.

The SC order categorically states that public employment will be
affected if the suggestion (regularising jobs of daily wage employees,
hiking their salaries) is implemented, Jairaj added.

However, we have asked the SC/ST commission to give us two months'
time so that the KPTCL committee can decided on the matter. We have
also asked for 15 days to fix the amount of increment.


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