The Chief Minister has launched Andhra Pradesh Corporation for Outsourced Services (APCOS) promising to bring transparency in the recruitment of the contract/outsourcing staff. In the past one year, the government did nothing but fire the contract/outsourcing employees.
The Contract and Outsourced employees suffered worse in the State under the current government’s rule. Before coming into the power, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy promised to regularize the contract workers and hike their salaries, which he failed to do. After coming into power, the YSRCP government sacked several contract/outsourced employees in the State. In September 2019, the State government terminated the contact/outsourcing agencies alleging the irregularities, while the opposition party claims the termination as a political vendetta.
In October 2019, the State government issued an order sacking all the mid-level officials working as contract and outsourcing employees. Similarly, the services of the personnel working on contract, who were not selected through a paper notification or standard selection process and with a salary of Rs. 40,000 above, must be removed immediately. The government justified the order by saying that equal opportunity was not given to all, and the due process was not followed.
Amidst the lockdown, TTD sacked 1400 contact and outsourcing staff during May 2020. This is one of the biggest retrenchments in the history of TTD. The State government failed to pressurize TTD to take back its decision, because of which the contract and outsourcing employees had to suffer due to lack of alternate source of employment.
A WhatsApp message during mid-May by Madireddy Pratap, Managing Director (MD) of APSRTC to the Depot Managers (DM) stated that only after full utilization of permanent employees, outsourced contract employees would be called on for duty, created a panic among the contract employees about layoffs. The State transport Minister Alla Nani said this to be a temporary announcement as APSRTC is not operating at its full capacity. However, Depot Manager (DM) have issued oral instructions to 5,500 contract and outsourced employees not to report to the duties. This staff consists of mechanics, data entry operators, maintenance department personnel, employees working at the garage, and control points whose tasks are managed by the conductors at present.
Recently, the Chief Minister has launched Andhra Pradesh Corporation for Outsourced Services (APCOS) promising to bring transparency in the recruitment of the contract/outsourcing staff. In the past one year, the government did nothing but fire the contract/outsourcing employees. Ironically the government which fired the employees during the pandemic has set up a Corporation to protect them claiming transparency in the whole process. However, the functioning and efficiency of the new Corporation is yet to be seen.