Dhubri, Sept. 6: The state cabinet’s approval to regularise the services of nearly civic 5,000 employees on Tuesday night has come as a relief to All Assam Civic Bodies Workers Federation, which has been demanding the same for the past 45 years.
However, nearly 100 retired employees will not benefit from the decision. Former secretary of the federation, Subhas Chandra Das, who once led the movement on the regularisation of services, said employees are happy with the government’s decision since it will end their financial woes.
“But it would have brought more satisfaction if the government had cleared the benefits of nearly 100 retired employees,” he added.
But even the retired employees are happy with the fact that services of all employees has been regularised and they would no longer have to look to municipal boards and town committees for their salaries.
The government has been paying the salaries of civic employees since 2009 but not on a par with state government employees. They were also deprived of other benefits like pension after retirement.
The Dhubri Municipal Employees’ Union, while expressing satisfaction over the decision, said it is a culmination of long years of struggle to make their services on a par with state government employees.
“It is a landmark decision and the union will write a letter expressing thanks to chief minister Tarun Gogoi and municipal and urban development minister Ajanta Neog and others who have supported the demand,” an employee belonging to the union said.