Gangtok, 18 Feb:
Temporary employees hired under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act [MGNREGA] with Rural Development Department have thanked Chief Minister PS Tamang for his recent announcement promising regularization of MGNREGA employees.
They are now hoping to their regularization orders at the earliest.
“We came to know that the concerned department has already moved a file for regularization. We would like to also thank the RDD Minister and the department for such quick action,” they expressed.
Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, MGNREGA employees from different districts thanked the State government and the CM for initiating the regularization process.
They informed that there were 220 MGNREGA employees in the State of whom 170 have already qualified for regularization [as per criteria enumerated in a recent government notification] having completed continuous service of five years as on 31 December 2018.
“MGNREGA employees have been working at every GPU and the seniormost MGNREGA employee has already completed 12 years of continuous service. The file for our regularization was moved in the previous government as well but nothing happened of it. We are very happy with the new government for having immediately taken this initiative in the interest of MGNREGA employees and their families,” they said.
They further reiterated their hope to receive the regularization orders at the earliest.