The Delhi government on Wednesday threatened to remove agitating contract employees, including DTC workers and guest teachers, who have been sitting on dharna, demanding regularisation of their services.
Asking the agitating employees to immediately return to duty, Education Minister Manish Sisodia said their strike had severely affected various public services and the government would not hesitate to take strong action if they do not end their protests.
“If the protests by contractual employees don’t stop, the government will have no option but to get new staff to replace teachers and bus drivers, who have been sitting on dharna. During these months, studies are at peak for children and this is greatly being affected by the strike.
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We cannot allow this as our first duty is towards the people. We will be issuing orders, asking such employees to join back immediately to avoid losing their jobs,” Sisodia said.
He said there was no justification for the strike by the contractual employees as the government had already appointed a high-level committee to recommend policy guidelines to regularise their services.
A group of guest teachers has been sitting on an indefinite strike in front of the Delhi Secretariat since January 15 while another group of teachers is on hunger strike from January 27, demanding regularisation of their services. “We will continue to be on strike no matter what,” a teacher said.
In addition to this, over 2,000 contractual DTC employees, including bus drivers and conductors, have been on strike, demanding permanent jobs. The strike by the DTC drivers and conductors has affected bus services.
Sisodia said the government could not bypass laid-down processes and offer permanent jobs to the agitating employees.
The government has already set up a committee to formulate policy on regularising services of over one-lakh contractual employees working in various departments and agencies.
The government has also decided not to remove any temporary employees till the process of recruitment based on new criteria is finalised. “We assure contractual employees that till the committee does not come up with its findings, they will remain employed,” Sisodia said.