The state government has renewed the services of around 3,100 contractual group D staff, who have been employed since 2012, for another three years.  

The move to extend the services of the contractual staff for three years instead of the usual one year comes soon after the state government did away with the order issued by the erstwhile Left Front government for providing benefits to the contractual employees.  

The Left Front government’s 2010 order had stated that the contractual employees who were working for 10 years at a stretch would be allowed to continue till the age of 60 and would get at least Rs.1 lakh as retirement benefit. However, that order was quashed by the state government last year on the ground that it would put a huge financial burden on the exchequer.   

A contractual staff gets around Rs.7,200 to Rs.7,800 a month. 

According to officials, the move to extend the services of contractual staff for three years has been made in an attempt to placate them since cancellation of the 2010 order had left them angry.   

According to a notification issued by the state finance department recently, 3,000 group D staff were recruited on contractual basis in 2012 in various departments and in October another 100 contractual group D staff were appointed for a year in the irrigation and waterways department.

The government has now decided to extend the services of all these staff for another three years, stated the notification. Mr Manoj Kanti Guho, joint secretary of CPI-M led State Coordination Committee said the move is good but the contractual employees would have actually benefited had additional benefits been given to them.   

The extension of services also comes at a time when the government plans to set up a board for recruitment of group D staff. The board is supposed to recruit around 60,000 group D staff.  

Till now, group D staff are appointed by the departments themselves. A minister can appoint 10 group D staff in five years with the contract of such staff expiring every six months. The minister can renew the appointment for the next six months.