Civic con­tract work­ers’ hope of per­ma­nent jobs crashes

De­spite res­o­lu­tion in 2014, civic chief, mayor say san­i­ta­tion work­ers will not be made per­ma­nent

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

CBD BELAPUR: A pre-poll gim­mick of the Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party that passed a res­o­lu­tion in the NMMC gen­eral body propos­ing per­ma­nent jobs for con­tract work­ers of NMMC per­ma­nent has been ex­posed .

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Waghmare and mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane now say that it is not pos­si­ble. The gen­eral body of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( NMMC) had on Au­gust 8, 2014, prior to the Lok Sabha elec­tions unan­i­mously ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion to make around 9,500 con­tract work­ers work­ing in its var­i­ous de­part­ments on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

The house had unan­i­mously ap­proved the pro­posal with the op­po­si­tion too sup­port­ing it. NMMC had then sent the res­o­lu­tion to the state gen­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment de­part­ments for ap­proval.

The Shiv Sena del­e­ga­tion led by its deputy leader Vi­jay Na­hata and op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule, raised the is­sue on Fri­day. Waghmare said, “The con­tract work­ers can­not be made per­ma­nent as the Supreme Court has laid guide­lines for ap­point­ment and which can­not be im­ple­mented in case of th­ese work­ers.”

He said, “We have formed a com­mit­tee of ex­perts un­der the mayor to look into the is­sue of com­mon wages for com­mon work. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the con­trac­tor to give them mini- mum wages.”

Waghmare said, “We are look­ing into the le­gal an­gles through which in­creased com­pen­sa­tion can be given to the con­trac­tors for en­abling in­creased pay­ment to the work­ers.”

Rul­ing out per­ma­nent jobs for the work­ers, Son­awane said, “Per­ma­nent jobs can­not be given as 80% of the work­ers are over the age of 50 and hence do not qual­ify. Should we im­ple­ment the pol­icy for only 20% work­ers and sack the rest?”

He added that the NMMC is the only civic body that has been giv­ing com­mon wages for com­mon work.

“We are look­ing at ways to help in­crease their wages and we are com­mit­ted to it. No de­ci­sion will be taken in a hurry,” said Son­awane.

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