Around 42 permanent employees of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) have accepted the “golden handshake” extended by the 125-year-old party to trim its workforce and outsource work to increase efficiency and cut down on salary expenses.
The party had introduced the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) in July to reduce the number of “more than actually required” employees in the AICC.
The party headquarters had 134 permanent employees with the total staff strength of 300.
Those employees who opted for VRS were given an ex-gratia payment equivalent to two and three months salary depending upon their number of years in service. They also got other benefits such as gratuity and leave encashment.
While just a few got a total package of R24 lakh, as many as 12 employees received about R20 lakh. There were 5-6 staffers who received R8 lakh while the remaining received varying amount depending upon their number of years in service.
However, those occupying official lodgings will get the payment only after vacating it. Manpower planning through shedding and outsourcing work are few drawn out action plans of the Congress before the party shifts its headquarters from 24, Akbar Road to 9-A Kotla Road in year or two from now.