The state government has decided to extend the tenures of both retired employees engaged on contractual basis and contractual Group D staff.

The tenure of the retired employees has been extended by one year and that of the contractual Group D staff by three years.

Even as chief minister Mamata Banerjee claims to have created 68 lakh jobs, including 4 lakh government jobs, since 2011, Opposition unions allege that the government is more eager to engage contractual staff than undertaking fresh recruitment.

At present there are around two lakh contractual and casual employees in various departments and corporations. After coming to power in 2011 the state government engaged around 3,100 Group D staff and several retired employees on contractual basis.

The 3,100 contractual Group D staff were engaged for a year and their tenure was extended twice. Finally, their tenure has been extended for three years.

The retired staff were initially engaged for a year and then after extending their tenure thrice (first for one year, then three months and finally one year), the government has decided to extend theirs for another one year. The tenure of the re-employed staff can be extended till he or she attains the age of 64 years.

According to an official, the recruitment process for government posts is a time-consuming affair so tenure of the contractual staff has been extended. Meanwhile, the extension of contractual staff’s service tenure has come at a time when Miss Banerjee has announced recruitment for 60,000 Group C and 70,000 Group D staff. While the West Bengal Staff Selection Commission is set to recruit Group C staff for 599 posts, the newly formed West Bengal Group D Recruitment Board is yet to start the recruitment process.