JAMMU: The government on Thursday said the formal order for regularising daily wagers would be issued soon by the finance department. An official handout said the government’s move would benefit thousands of such appointees in nine categories of jobs.
“Following the initiative of the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, the government has already approved the roadmap for bringing the daily wagers onto the rolls of government. A formal SRO in this regard will be issued by the finance department within a couple of days,” said Minister for Finance, Haseeb Drabu.
The beneficiaries will include Daily Rated, Casual, Seasonal, HDF and Local Fund Workers, NYCs, Land Donors, SPOs and Adhoc/Contractual appointees left out under the J&K Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act-2010 for want of eligibility criteria.
The government said that based on their educational, technical and professional profile, these workers have been categorised as skilled and non-skilled for regularisation and remuneration. “They will be in addition entitled to all the financial and service benefits including annual pay hike, pension under NPS, leave & medical reimbursement, periodical hike in remuneration akin to pay commission, maintenance of service records and will be covered under work, conduct and discipline rules including retirement,” a finance department official said.
Although skilled and unskilled workers are to be put in different scales of remuneration, it will correspondingly increase on the basis of their length of engagement.
About the number of workers who will be benefited by the regularisation scheme, finance department officials said the exact number will be determined through biometric verification of every such worker.
Drabu had during the last budget session made a commitment on the floor of the House that the process for regularisation of casual workers of various categories will start from the next financial year in terms of the set guidelines and criteria.
The state cabinet had, on October 23 this year, accepted the roadmap prepared by the high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary for absorption/regularisation of Casual/Seasonal Labourers/ Daily Rated Workers. The cabinet had asked the Finance Department to draft and issue the formal orders for operationalisation of the roadmap.
Drabu said that the policy enshrined in SRO-64 of 1994 for regularisation of daily rated workers/work-charged employees engaged prior to cut off date of January 31, 1994, is already in place from the date of issuance of the SRO-64.
He said the Empowered Committee is meeting at regular intervals and will continue to meet till the last ad-hoc/contractual appointee, eligible and registered with the Finance Department, is cleared for regularisation in terms of the J&K Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act-2010.
Drabu said the government is also taking a holistic review of SRO-202 which was issued on 30 June 2015. As per this SRO, the appointees in non-gazetted cadre are entitled to basic minimum pay and grade pay during the first five years of service.