SANGAREDDY: The future of hundreds of outsourcing employees working in 45 departments across the district appears bleak with the government deciding to utilise their services only till the end of December this year. The system of outsourcing certain types of works was started by the then Congress government in the undivided AP.
It may be mentioned here that the TRS government had initially decided to regularise the services of the outsourcing employees also along those of the contract employees. However, following widespread protests against the move, especially by the students of Osmania University, the government decided to regularise the services of only the contract employees and that too only where it was considered essential. In this connection, the government recently ordered all the heads of departments to prepare lists of contract employees who have been working for the last 5 to 7 years and getting salaries directly from the departments. Accordingly, the officers concerned are engaged in preparation of such lists.
Incidentally, while the contract employees draw their salaries directly from the government departments where they are working, the outsourcing employees are being paid their remunerations by the agencies engaging them. District employment officer Indira Priyadarshini told Express here on Sunday that the contract employees had been recruited against clear vacancies but the outsourced employees had been taken on temporary basis to complete certain works.
She added that she had not received any directive from the government to continue the services of the outsourced employees beyond December.
Meanwhile, the agitated outsourcing employees have decided to launch an agitation to press for the regularisation of their services - notwithstanding an assurance by CM KCR that he would look into their demands. Some outsourced employees of the TSTransco are already on strike over the past three days.