CM’s cost cutting tool hire on contract

This week,the cabinet cleared appointment of 1,692 employees in the Fire and Emergency Services Department on a year-contract.

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopdhyay | Kolkata | Published: October 20, 2012 1:44:24 am

Mamata Banerjee may have shown stringent opposition to the UPA government’s reform measures for fiscal consolidation — like reducing the subsidy on LPG and diesel,increasing rail and bus fares — but as the Chief Minister of West Bengal she is cutting down costs by hiring staff on contractual basis and that too on a massive scale,something that leaders of the employees’ unions showing allegiance to her party are opposed to.

This week,the cabinet cleared appointment of 1,692 employees in the Fire and Emergency Services Department on a year-contract. The posts include fire operators,fire engine drivers and fire fighters. The cabinet also cleared appointment of 100 bus drivers and 100 conductors under contractual basis. The government has also cleared appointment of 188 employees in the power department. The PWD and Department of School Education have also hired staff,all on contractual basis.

“The move has been taken to cut down costs. The government is also resorting to re-employment of employees aimed at reducing costs as it is tottering under a huge debt burden,’’ an official of Home (Personnel) Department told The Indian Express. Since the state government had come to power,about 120 people have been given re-employment,the official added.

Even TMC-backed unions did not approve the government’s move. “This move cannot be supported. But at present,we do not want to say anything,’’ a leader of the employees union said.

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