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1994 cut-off year in job guideline – Age and qualification parameters worked out, blueprint awaits govt approval

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 24, 2009

Darjeeling, Sept. 23(The Telegraph): The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and the state government have worked out a rough guideline for the regularisation of the contract workers of the DGHC, keeping 1994 as the base year.

The Telegraph has learnt that the Morcha delegation along with the Darjeeling district magistrate had worked out the two-page guideline in Calcutta yesterday, which was then submitted to the state home secretary for approval.

“The guideline states that either 1994 or the date of joining of the contract workers will be taken into consideration,” a source said. This essentially means that those who had joined before 1994 (the DGHC was formed in 1988) would be considered working in the council since 1994. For those who have joined after the cut-off year, there will not be much problem, for their date of joining would be considered their base year during regularisation.

The other parameters that were worked out for regularisation were age and qualification. “At the time of joining, a contract worker must have been at the most 37 years old. Schedule Castes, Schedule Tribes, ex-servicemen, Other Backward Classes and other categories as prescribed in the West Bengal Service Rules will be given a relaxation of five years,” added the source. This means that those workers who had joined the DGHC in 1988 should have been at the most 37 years in 1994. Also, those who joined the council after 1994 should be less than 37 years at the time of joining.

Even though eligibility to various posts has been specified according to the Bengal services rules, sources said “technical experiences” would be taken into account during recruitment. “Those candidates who have had prior experience (before joining the DGHC) in the same post would be given priority,” the source added.

All contract workers who have joined the DGHC till April 1, 2007 would be considered for recruitment against the 3,000-odd sanctioned posts, which GNLF chief Subash Ghisingh as the chairman of the council did not fill up.

After the meeting in Writers’ Buildings yesterday, home secretary Ardhendu Sen had said the government while filling up these sanctioned vacancies would conduct a “scientific review” to find out how many additional posts could be created to regularise the 6,000-odd casual staff of the council.

The contract workers on instructions of the Morcha had started an indefinite hunger strike in the hills from September 14, demanding permanent job status. Three days later, the government announced its decision to absorb at least 3,472 of the 6,300 workers, prompting the protesters to end their fast.

Asked about the guidelines, Amar Lama, a central committee member of the Morcha, said: “The guidelines have been worked out in such a manner that all DGHC workers who had joined before April 1, 2007, will get permanent jobs.”

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