The Chandigarh administration has finally accepted the demand of regularising daily-wage workers. The decision will be applicable to those who completed 10 years in service by December 2006, and would benefit over 2,000 workers in different departments of the administration. Employees recruited on daily wages after 1992 will also be covered.
Besides, the authorities have also done away with the education qualification requirement of having passed Class 8.
The administration had constituted a three-member committee, headed by DK Tiwari, the then secretary (environment), to frame a policy regarding the regularisation of daily-wagers. Prerna Puri, additional home secretary, and SK Chadda, chief engineer, were members of the committee.
After detailed discussions with the representatives of the coordination committee of government and MC employees, the committee submitted its recommendations to the administration on April 5 last year, which have now been approved.
The coordination committee of the employees had been fighting the battle for regularisation since 2004. Hailing the decision of administration, convener of the staff committee, Rakesh Kumar, said, "About 1,700 daily-wage employees were appointed before 1992, when a ban was imposed by the administration on recruitment of daily-wagers. More than 300 employees were appointed after 1992. All of them will be covered under this policy. It is matter of great satisfaction for the poor employees."
A delegation of the coordination committee on Monday met UT adviser KK Sharma to thank him for taking the initiative to frame a policy regarding the regularisation.