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Outsourced workers protest outside Himachal Assembly for regularisation

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Scores of outsourced workers held a protest Wednesday outside the Assembly demanding regularisation of their services.

Supported by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), the workers protesting under the aegis of (OWA) led by its state reached the Assembly in the shape of a procession from local Panchayat Bhawan for its gherao.

However, the police stopped them a few yards away from the Assembly where they started a sit-in dharna.

Currently, around 45,000 outsourced workers are serving in various government departments including PWD, Health, Irrigation and Public Health (IPH), Education, boards and corporations, CITU Kashmir Singh, who also participated in the protest, said.

"The BJP had promised before last Assembly elections to regularise all outsourced employees but it forgot its promise after coming to power," Singh said.

Two outsourced workers Seema and claimed that they had been working in (SJVN), a PSU, and (IGMC) and Hospital for 14 and 4 years respectively, but their services were not regularised yet.

Alleging politician-bureaucrat-contractor nexus behind outsourced policy, the CITU demanded all such workers be regularised without any further delay.

Both the ruling BJP and the opposition have hand in gloves for outsourced policies as several leaders of both the political parties are running outsourcing companies and societies, he alleged.

If posts exist in government departments, why the is hesitating to appoint regular employees, he asked.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 16:20 IST