Oppn questions timing of Odisha government’s decision to abolish contract hiring

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The BJP opposition and the Odisha Congress have raised questions about the timing of the BJD government’s decision to regularize the services of contract employees ahead of the November 3 by-election in the Dhamnagar assembly constituency.

The saffron camp called the Naveen Patnaik-led waiver decision a “pre-bypoll drama”, while Congress alleged that the state government abolished contract hiring to secure votes for the BJD in the power.

”The BJD government makes such decisions when there are elections. This is part of a pre-bypoll drama. The ruling party is facing difficulties in the poll-related segment of the Dhamnagar assembly,’ said opposition leader JN Mishra of the BJP.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced on Saturday that the services of more than 57,000 contract employees would be regularized.

The decision, which will result in an additional Rs 1,300 crore per annum, was taken at a cabinet meeting.

Mishra alleged that the BJD government was trying to rectify the mistake it had made since 2013 in appointing employees on a contractual basis.

Suresh Routray, Congress Leader and MP for Jatani, also questioned the timing of Patnaik’s announcement.

”Why didn’t the government take such a decision sooner? It is now clear that the BJD waiver regularized the services of contract employees to obtain votes,’ he said.

Former Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee Chairman Jayadev Jena said it was “a trick played by the BJD to woo young voters and win the Dhamnagar by-election”.

BJD MP SB Behera denied the allegations and said it was regrettable that opposition parties were trying to politicize the matter as 57,000 families across the state welcomed the decision.

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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