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Diwali Gift For Contractuals

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced a Diwali gift for the employees engaged through outsourcing agencies and on contract basis in various Government Departments.

The Chief Minister has announced a 25 per cent increase in the remuneration of such employees. About 33,000 persons engaged in various departments of the State Government would benefit from this.

The State Government will bear an additional burden of Rs 100 crore every year for this move, an official said.

The concerned agency will bear the contribution of such employees in EPF and ESIC. The concerned department will have to ensure this, the Chief Minister directed.

He has directed the officials to take stern action against the companies and agencies that neglect to pay the above fees. In addition, the Chief Minister has directed to grant leave for a maximum of 12 days per year for such outsourced employees.

Besides, Mr.Patnaik has advised the concerned authorities to examine and take a decision as soon as possible on maternity leave for women employees engaged in outsourcing and contract basis.

Ahead of Durga Puja, the Naveen Patnaik government had hiked the salaries of contractual employees by 50 per cent for the first six years and designed them as initial appointees. After six years, their services would be regularized.