Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government abolished contractual recruitment system in the system with effect from today, announced Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday. Making the announcement, the CM said, “All contractual employees will be regularized and a notification to this effect will be brought out Monday.”
“Today, I am delighted to announce that the State Cabinet has decided to abolish the contractual system of recruitment permanently. Even today, there are no regular recruitments in many states and they are still continuing with the contractual recruitment system. But in Odisha, the era of contractual recruitment has come to an end,” Patnaik said.
“I was waiting for this moment. The notification will come out tomorrow. More than 57,000 employees will be benefited. The government will spend approximately Rs1300 crore more per annum. The decision has brought in early Diwali for their family members,” the CM added.
Soon after the announcement, celebrations erupted among the members of Odisha contractual employees association who welcomed the decision the State government. Hundreds of contractual employees celebrated the decision by bursting crackers in front of the association office in Bhubaneswar.
The association members described their protest a success and said despite delay the government fulfilled their demands. “We are extremely happy. Today is a big day for us,” said a contractual worker reacting to the abolition of the contractual appointment.