Bhayandar: In a major jolt to contractual computer operators and other similar employees working in various civic departments aspiring to become regular recruits, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) can no longer appoint persons on “contract basis” and then make their appointments “permanent” under the guise of absorption.
The state government authorities have issued a GR dated 9, February 2018 which disallows any civic body to adopt a shortcut method of first appointing persons on contract basis and subsequently making them permanent.
The GR is in accordance to a Supreme Court ruling on July 12, 2016. The GR states that contractual appointments are mandated for eleven months and with a provision of extension up to maximum of three terms each term being of eleven months. After expiry of third term, they are required to face fresh selection process. Working in MBMC for the past 15 years, 68 operators have been demanding their inclusion in the permanent pay-roll and were upset over the decision of the erstwhile civic chief to send a unanimously passed general body resolution to the state government for scrapping.
The resolution passed in May 2017 mooted an end to the practice of renewing the 11-month contract every year till the operators are not awarded with permanent jobs. The erstwhile civic chief Dr. Naresh Gite had clearly stated that Apex Court orders ruled out any type of absorptions into civic services. However, at loggerheads with the local BJP leadership, Dr. Gite was abruptly transferred last week.