HP to formulate policy for water carriers

North Gazette



State Government would consider setting up of a Committee to form a policy and submit a comprehensive report to the Government for the part time water carriers in the State in which employees leaders would also be included. This was revealed by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal while addressing part time water carriers who met him at his official residence Oakover here on Sunday.

Chief Minister said that the recommendation of the Committee consisting of officers earlier to make its recommendations with regard to formulation of a comprehensive policy for the part time water carriers would not be implemented by the State Government instead the new Committee which would also include representatives from the employees union would be set up on priority. He said that committe would be asked to submit its report and recommendations to the State Government within next three months.

He said that the proposed Committee would frame a policy to protect the interests of part time water carriers by determining the period of their service to become whole timer and thereafter regular so that the State Government could accordingly move forward in protecting the interests of part time water carriers within the fixed time frame.  He said that it would help water carriers in feeling secure with their job.

Dhumal said that the State Government would also examine providing of additional opportunities to the highly qualified part time water carriers in competing for higher posts in different departments.

He said that efforts would also be made to remove pay anomalies of water carriers so that entire category was given equal honorarium.  He said that extra care would be taken to safeguard the interests of those water carriers who are over age.

Chief Minister said that the discriminatory attitude of the Union Government was major hindrance in meeting various committed liabilities. He said that it was disappointing that the Union Government had abolished tax share of the State Government and had earlier withdrawn the special industrial package three years ahead of its scheduled time.

Chief Minister assured the part time water carrier union members that no efforts would be left undone to provide relief to the part time workers.  Chief Minister was also presented a draft of Rs. 21,000 as contribution on behalf of the members of Part Time Water Carriers Union by its State President Bhim Singh, towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.