The government resolution (GR) issued by state industries and the labour ministry to privatise skilled and unskilled labour supply to all government departments has come under attack from the opposition. In the Upper House, the opposition created a ruckus, demanding a special discussion. The GR said similar agencies were appointed in 2014 and their tenure ended in January. The selection of agencies was cleared by the state cabinet on March 8, 2023.
The nine HR agencies will supply staff on 74 different categories of posts over the next five years. The posts such as project officers, project consultants, senior and junior engineers, auditors, district coordinators, law officers, superintendents and teachers would be filled up through them. Even the local self-government bodies and various boards and corporations of the government recruit semi-skilled and unskilled staff recruited through them. The salaries of these employees will be revised every year and released through the agencies which selected them, the GR indicated.
Leader of opposition Ajit Pawar, while speaking in the assembly, said the use of contractual manpower went against the state’s ongoing drive to fill 75,000 government posts. “One of the posts is that of a project director with a salary of Rs 3.8 lakh per month. The salary is higher than that of the chief secretary,” said Pawar. “Filling government posts with contractual workers will also compromise government secrecy,” he said.
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Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said the scheme had been approved during the tenure of the MVA government and was only being implemented by the Shinde government.
Congress MLC Bhai Jagtap alleged that the nine companies included one company owned by a BJP MLC and also alleged irregularities it.
(With Chaitanya Marpakwar)
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