Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­du­tan­

CBD BE­LA­PUR: In a ma­jor set­back for con­tract work­ers who have been work­ing in NMMC for the past sev­eral years be­ing paid on lump­sum ba­sis, mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe has stated that they can­not be ab­sorbed in the civic body as per the norms and that those sacked re­cently will not be taken back.

“There is a pro­ce­dure to be fol­lowed for ap­point­ment of con­tract work­ers. The stan­dard op­er­a­tion pro­ce­dure was not fol­lowed in their case,” said Mum dhe.

Around 700 lump­sum con­tract work­ers will lose their jobs with around 250 nurses and ju­nior en­gi­neers al­ready sacked. The em­ploy­ees be­long to var­i­ous de­part­ments of the civic body. Politi­cians cut­ting across party lines have been mak­ing ef­forts to get them back in civic em­ploy­ment while em­ployee unions are threat­en­ing ag­i­ta­tion.

The is­sue was raised in the stand­ing com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day by Congress cor­po­ra­tor Meera Patil. “Around 200 work­ers of NMMC hospi­tal have lost their liveli­hood,” said Patil.

She added, “Th­ese work­ers have been work­ing for the past 8-10 years in the civic body, get­ting lump­sum pay­ment. Sev­eral of them are ed­u­cated and grad­u­ates.” Stand­ing Com­mit­tee chair­man Shivram Patil raised the is­sue of com­puter teach­ers say­ing re­mov­ing them could af­fect stud­ies in the civic schools.

Mundhe said, “A con­trac­tor is ap­pointed for a spe­cific pe­riod. Once the ser­vice pe­riod ends, the per­son­nel has to go. He is ap­pointed again as per the re­quire­ments of the civic body.”

He said, “Re­cruit­ment for hospi­tal staff is over and they will join soon.”

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