The South Delhi Municipal Corporation took two decisions this week – to re-employ casual teachers removed earlier this year and to regularise its daily wage safai karamcharis.
The opposition Congress did not oppose the move, but called the decision politically motivated. Civic polls are due next year. The ruling BJP, however, maintained that since the corporation had taken a decision not to remove any employees, casual or regular, it was regularising employees, as and when possible.
The mayor told the House that “all such employees will be regularised and everyone will get an opportunity of regularisation”. The teachers are being re-employed on posts vacated by 140 teachers promoted to the post of principals, a move which was delayed by several months.
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The House was informed that the safai karamcharis would be regularised on the basis of their seniority and serial number. Regularisation has been a long-standing demand of the safai karamchari unions and nearly 4,000 safai karamcharis stand to benefit from the corporation’s move.
“We have taken a decision not to remove any employee and wherever possible, we are regularising safai karamcharis. The salary difference between the two (between contractual and regular employees) is not significant and can be borne by the SDMC,” said Subhash Arya, leader of the House.
Stressing that no post in civic schools should remain vacant, the ruling BJP ordered that teachers who had been working on casual assignment from 2011 to 2014 (the period of the current term of the corporation) will be re-employed in corporation schools.
With elections likely to be held in April next year, the demand to regularise services has increased from contractual employees in various wings of the corporation.
In August this year, despite warnings from the executive wing against the move, the north body passed a resolution seeking re-employment of auxiliary nurses and midwives and “all other contractual employees” who were earlier relieved from duty.