Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Sep 15:
The Odisha Administrative Tribunal (OAT) has sought a reply from the state government over the issue of regularisation of jobs of data entry operators working in different departments in the state secretariat for years together.
A petition filed by Ambika Prasad Rout with the OAT and others alleged that despite thousands of contract workers working in different departments the government is dilly dallying over regularization of their jobs.
A division bench comprising OAT’s Judicial Member B K Dash and Administrative Member M M Praharaj issued notices to chief secretary, special secretary General Administration department, secretary Home department, secretary Finance department, secretary Higher Education department and secretary Fisheries & Animal Resources department in the matter.
According to the details provided in the petition, the state government had approved a proposal to regularize contract workers in different departments, who had served for more than six years.
A notification was issued in this regard on November 12, 2013.
The state government had decided to include contract workers working in different departments of the government as well as those working through different agencies in government department under this category.
Following the notification, different departments had prepared lists of contract workers in their respective departments. The contract workers, who had completed six years of service, had also submitted a memorandums to the chief secretary and departmental secretaries seeking regularization of their jobs.
Meanwhile, only Animal Resources and Higher Education departments have regularized appointments of contractual data entry operators working in them.
Data entry operators working as contractual workers in other departments have prayed to the OAT for regularization of their services.
Advocate Ramakant Sadangi conducted the case on behalf of the petitioners.