Perks for daily wage workers, but no promotion

23,000 employees will remain in the same cadre till they retire

Perks for daily wage  workers, but no promotion

There is some good news and bad news for around 23,000 daily wage employees who have been brought under the ambit of legislation to provide them with better benefits and wages earlier this year.

The good news first. The government has come out with the draft of the Karnataka Daily Wage Employees Welfare Rules - 2013, specifying the leave, pension and gratuity benefits to these employees working in various government departments.

At the same time, it has proposed that these employees will not be eligible for promotion for the rest of their service. In other words, all the 23,000 employees will remain in the same cadre they find themselves today till they retire. The draft rules were notified by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) Secretariat on November 30.
The Karnataka Daily Wage Employees Welfare Bill, 2012, was passed during the winter session of the State Legislature in Belgaum last December and had got the assent of the Governor in February this year.

Minimum of time scales

The legislation provided for better welfare of daily wage employees working for more than 10 years in government establishments and to give them minimum security of tenure, better wages and social security on retirement. The Act provided that the pay of a daily wage employee will be the minimum of the time scales. 

As per the draft rules notified on Saturday, the New Pension Scheme (NPS) Swavalamban Yojana administered by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority will be applicable to daily wage employees. The gratuity benefit on retirement has been fixed for a maximum of 12 months’ pay. “A daily wage employee shall be paid after completion of 60 years of age an ex gratia of 15 days’ pay for every completed year of service subject to a maximum of 12 months’ pay,” the draft rules states. The employees will also be entitled to maternity leave of 180 days.

Why no promotion?

Sources in Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms said that while daily wage employees would get better emoluments, they were not considered for promotion as technically they are not regular government employees.

“The Karnataka Daily Wage Employees Welfare Act only provides for providing better wages and social security. But, it does not provide for regularisation of their services and give them the position of regular government employees. Hence, they are not eligible for promotions,” the sources said.

Daily wage workers who have been working since July 1, 1984, and those who have completed 10 years of service as on April 10, 2006, have been brought under the ambit of the Act. These include around 17,000 serving in 24 government departments and another 6,000 employed in urban local bodies and corporations.

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