BEST committee members want permanent posts for senior contractual workers 

Senior committee members of the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking on Thursday demanded that contractual labours who have been working for the last 12 years should be given a permanent post in the undertaking by now.

According to the rules of the BEST, kins of workers who lose their lives on the line of duty are eligible to get a job in the undertaking based on their qualifications. The rules also state that in case an employee is retiring his next of kin is also eligible to get the job considering he makes a written proposition nominating his kin prior to retirement.

However, management committee members claimed that in the last twelve years, BEST has not given permanent post to the next of kin of any BEST employee. "The workers are being recruited on a contractual basis and are being given jobs of labourers and electricians. Most of them have not got any promotion in the last twelve years and are working at a group D level" Anil Kokil, BEST committee member and senior Shiv Sena corporator, told FPJ.

Kokil has also written a letter to BEST General Manager, Surendrakumar Bagde, and BEST chairperson Praveen Shinde for immediate redressal of the issue. Kokil informed that each year on an average 100 BEST workers lose their lives and multiplex workers from different departments of the undertaking retire each month due to which the waiting list of the applicants has become long. He also informed it was in 2008 when 1,400 contractual workers were given permanent posts prior to an organisational change and since then not a single contractual employee has been given promotion.

"The average age of these workers would be not less than 35 years and they have no job security we have demanded the management to do a scrutiny and at least provide them posts based on their qualifications" stated Kokil.

BEST management officials declined to say anything on record, although they maintained that the management will take cognizance of the issue. "We will be following up with the management on this matter and will also seek the confidence of every member of the committee following which a final call will be taken," BEST committee chairman Praveen Shinde told FPJ.

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