Agartala: Former chief minister and Leader of Opposition Manik Sarkar has demanded the withdrawal of the decision to hire an agency for outsourcing government staff. He lamented that the decision of the government was very dangerous and completely immoral and amounted to declaring war on the unemployed.

Sarkar said that during the tenure of the Left government, similar contract people have been appointed only for central projects.

Speaking at a press conference, Sarkar said the Tripura government had recently issued a memorandum appointing agencies to recruit people in various departments.

“Examining that memorandum, it was found that there are opportunities for government employment in more than 7 specific posts and there are opportunities for government jobs in more than 86 positions. However, the Tripura government has decided to appoint through an agency instead of directly appointing for the post,” Sarkar said.

He said it was found that there are 35 posts for those with educational qualifications up to class VIII, 12 posts for those with educational qualifications up to class XII and 39 posts for graduates and above.

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“According to the government pay scale, the salary level for all those posts is from Rs 16,000 to Rs 37,000. However, nothing was mentioned in the memorandum. Instead, according to the memo, the workers will get a minimum of Rs 7,280 and a maximum of Rs 17,068. The agency will be paid a minimum of Rs 145 and a maximum of Rs 341 per month as commission,” Sarkar said.

He added that many issues were unclear from that memorandum.

“Who will pay the allowance, how long will the tenure of service be, provident fund, whether there is gratuity, all these things have not been disclosed. It is clear that the government has no direct responsibility in appointing Group-C and Group-D”, he asked.

The Leader of the Opposition said that no similarity could be found between the BJP’s vision document and the current situation.

“Jobs in every house, regularisation of irregularities, filling 50,000 vacancies in a year, the ruling party has not made a single promise. It is clear from the memorandum that the Tripura government has adopted the policy of use and throw the employees away at the end of the day,” Sarkar added.

According to Sarkar, the decision of the Tripura government is dangerous and completely immoral and is tantamount to declaring war on the unemployed. Therefore, he demanded the withdrawal of the memorandum.

However, he maintained that contractual appointments during the Left Front government were made but for only central projects.

Meanwhile, speaking about three years of BJP-IPFT government in Tripura, Sarkar said that the CPIM secretariat body recently met with Governor Ramesh Bais and informed about attacks and threats to face dire consequences given by the ruling party workers.

“The Governor was informed about 55 incidents of attacks that took place across the state. The Governor assured the opposition delegation that he will talk with the Chief Minister and Director General of Police”, Sarkar said.

The Deputy Opposition Leader and CPIM MLA Badal Choudhury was attacked by the ruling party workers on March 03 last at Hrishyamukh under Belonia sub-division. Again during a rally in Udaipur opposition supporters faced attacks and threats in about five places on March 10 last.

“The ruling party hooligans again attacked on March 11 at Rajnagar where many opposition party workers and a policeman were also injured during the stone pelting by the BJP workers”, he also added.

Sarkar asserted that the tolerance among people is going beyond the limits, adding, “People have started to speak against the ruling party and failure of government. The Chief Minister who is also in-charge of Home department did not utter a single word to control the nuisance of BJP-backed goons in the last three years. As the government failed to fulfill the commitments, the ruling party is staging such attacks to cover their misdeeds”, Sarkar opined.

Speaking with EastMojo, Dr Naresh Babu N, director of employment services and manpower planning refuted the media reports and said that these are reference posts which are being used by the government.

“We are not outsourcing any of the government approved posts which will be recruited through TPSC. These are the posts which will be recruited through the concerned agency only”, Babu said.

He also said that in the case of central projects which are usually for the temporary period, there is no provision for recruitment.

“There is provision to outsource engagement of manpower through outsource based on their educational qualification. We are not taking any decision to outsource regular staff.

The central government has mandated outsourcing for the projects. The finance department has also issued a notification for the outsourcing of manpower in the concerned department.

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