Patiala: The Punjab Cabinet may decide the issue during its meeting on October 19 regarding the regularisation of contractual staffers in the state. It has been learnt from the sources in the government that the ruling alliance wants to clear this issue as it may help in boosting their impetus in the coming Assembly polls. Regularisation will will benefit more than 20,000 employees across state. The sources said that keeping the elections in view now the government wants to clear it anyhow.
Further it has been confided that as the team of Election Commission Of India is arriving Chandigarh on October 23 to look over the ongoing election situation, high level meeting will be commenced to check the poll campaigning and arrangements. Keeping this in view, the state governement does not want to take any chance. Regularising the staff will add up to their chance of winning seats.
Sources said that the sub-committee constituted for the purpose under the chairmanship of the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal may also be called to submit its report over the issue soon so that a final decision be taken over this burning issue. Sources said that if the cabinet gives nod in the favour of employees than it will work both ways at one side it will clear the way for the regularisation and simultaneously the government is expected to receive the support of the families that are going to be benefitted out of this.
On the other hand due to the ongoing strike of the nurses in the Government Rajindra Hospital, the Patients were compelled to face many hardships and most of them left for the other hospitals especially the private one. But the striking Nurses for the time being have decided not to intensify their agitation and just to watch for the outcome of the October 19 Cabinet meeting.
Karamjit Kaur Aulakh, president of the striking nurses, told that it seemed that the state government has decided to clear this issue on October 19 following Cabinet meeting keeping in view the elections because of which we have also deferred our plan to further intensify the agitation.
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