Eyeing the elections of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) which will be announced shortly, 1,400 non-regular employees of the MC that were working with the corporation since 2003 were regularised on Monday. The regularisation will put a yearly burden of Rs 12 crore on the MC exchequer.
These employees include daily wagers and container attendants who were waiting for their regularisation for a long time. The step is seen as an initiative to give a boost to the BJP-SAD coalition in the forthcoming MC elections.
It was a heavily attended gathering at the MC office in which all the senior officials of the MC, including mayor Hakam Singh, senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal, MC commissioner MS Jaggi, MC joint commissioner Amandeep Singh Shekon, and many councillors were present.
The mayor said it was a promise of the BJP-SAD government that they would regularise these employees. "Some of the appointment letters have been given to employees on the spot, while rest will be sent by post," he added.
He said there would be a burden of Rs 12 crore every year on the MC due to these appointments.
Bansal said, "Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal had promised that they would regularise the employees working with the MC and the promise has been fulfilled."
Bansal said more non-regular employees would be regularised soon. "People of Ludhiana will get more cleanliness in the days to come," he added.
The employees who have been appointed could not hide their excitement and started raising slogans in the favour of the state government and the MC. Many of the employees had come along with their families.
Jatinder, an employee who was regularised, said, "I am thankful to the BJP-SAD government and the MC for such a wonderful gift to me. The initiative will resolve the problem of unemployment to some extent."
About 450 employees were regularised a few months ago and the MC plans to regularise more employees in the coming months. However, 1400 employees had never been regularised in a single go.