IN AN important development, the state government announced to regularise services of 165 fixed-salaried employees and daily wagers of Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC) by relaxing eligibility criteria Friday.
“Gujarat CM has decided to regularise daily wagers & fixed pay workers of #Junagadh Municipal Corp and to give exemption in age & educational criteria,” read a tweet posted on the official twitter handle of CM Vijay Rupani.
A poster tagged to the tweet further stated, “With an approach prioritising interests of karmayogis (workers), the state government has decided to regularise services of 165 fixed-pay workers and daily wager of Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC).”
Junagadh Mayor Jitu Hirapara said that the announcement was a Diwali gift by the government to the Class-IV employees and daily wagers of JMC. “We had sent a proposal to the state government last year, requesting to regularise services of 365 employees and daily wagers who have been working with the JMC for the last 21 years. The government fixed education till Class-VIII and age less than 50 years as the minimum eligibility and regularised services of around 200 employees who met the criteria last year itself. But 119 employees who had studied more than Class-IV but less and Class-VIII and 46 others who had crossed the age limit of 50 were left out. We sent another proposal around three months ago, seeking relaxation in eligibility criteria as the employees in question had been working for more than two decades. The government has granted our request and given Diwali gift to workers,” Hirapara said. With this, the mayor added, services of all Class-IV employees like peons and daily wagers like sweepers have been regularised.