Proposals sought to regularise contractual employees: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

The Aam Aadmi Party had promised to regularise all contractual employees if it was voted to power.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 22, 2016 4:18 pm
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Delhi government has sought proposals from its various departments by November 15 regarding regularisation of contractual employees, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said. Kejriwal, however, indicated that if Lt Governor Najeeb Jung doesn’t give his nod to government’s proposals, it will move the Supreme Court as there is an apex court’s order on regularisation of contractual employees.

“Delhi Cabinet had last year decided to make a policy to regularise contractual employees of all departments. To begin with, Education Department had prepared a proposal in this regard and it was sent to the LG for his nod. However, the Lt Governor has not given his approval so far,” he told reporters.

Instead of getting proposals from different departments in a series, “we have directed all departments to send their proposals by November 15 so that government will take decision on all proposals together,” he added.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by the CM at his official residence today. Chief Secretary K K Sharma has been directed to monitor the progress on various departments’ proposals.

The Aam Aadmi Party had promised to regularise all contractual employees if it was voted to power.

The Delhi CM said that there was Uma Devi judgement of the Supreme Court according to which specified some conditions for regularization of the contractual employees.

“As per the judgement, there should be open exam for this practice. Besides, relaxations can be given on experience and age while regularising contractual employees. We had sent guest teachers’ proposal to LG, but he has sent back it. He had objected to experience relaxation.

‘Government will again sent it to LG. If it is not approved then, we will move the Supreme Court,” he said.

As per rough estimate, there are over 50,000 contractual employees working in various departments of the Delhi government.

In the past, contractual employees of DTC and other departments have staged protest demanding regularisation of their services.