An official panel will scrutinise each of more than 60,000 cases of casual employees for their eligibility to regular engagement, even as officials maintain that there was no definite number of such workers who qualify for the regularisation benefits.
"Each case will be scrutinised to check whether the employee fulfills the laid down criteria for regularisation," said a senior government official.
Last week, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti wrote on her Twitter handle: "Our government will be regularising 60,000 daily wagers and casual labourers working in various departments in Jammu and Kashmir to provide sustainable livelihoods to those who need it the most."
The official said that an empowered committee in the state finance department, with commissioner-secretary finance as its head and members from all departments, would scrutinise the cases in accordance with the guidelines issued by the government to clear them for regularisation.
As per the government estimates, 1,00,501 appointees working in different departments have registered themselves for regularisation—the highest 38,585 casual employees in the PHE/irrigation and flood control department.
"There are people who had been engaged for few months or those who were enrolled but never got the wages…everybody has applied for regularisation," said the official.
Another official said that the process to scrutinise the cases would be very hectic and the entire process of regularising the services could take more than a year. "We don't know what will be the exact number of these people eligible for regularization. Things will become clear once their documents are scrutinised," said the official.
The decision to regularise casual employees was announced two months after the state cabinet accepted a report of chief secretary-headed committee which had given a blueprint for regularisation of casual, seasonal labourers and daily-rated workers. Thereafter, the finance department was asked to workout measures to put the roadmap into practice.