Gujarat elections: Kejriwal vows permanent jobs, equal pay to temporary worker

All contract workers will be hired on a permanent basis and there will be an “equal work equal pay” system if the Aam Aadmi party is elected to power in Gujarat, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promised on Sunday.

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Arvind Kejriwal, national leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, speaking at a local council meeting with outsourced and contract workers, spoke about how his party will improve their working conditions and salary if AAP wins the Gujarat assembly elections.

He said his party will end the contract system to ensure direct transfer of wages to employees’ bank accounts. This leaves no room for intermediary shares.

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Arvind Kejriwal and other senior AAP leaders are scrambling to gain a foothold in Gujarat politics ahead of the general elections in which the party will challenge the 27-year ruling Bhartiya Janta Party.

“A permanent employee works when he is respected and fully paid,” Arvind Kejriwal

In the speech, Arvind Kejriwal rejected the notion that a permanent employee does not work because of their steady salary and secure job.

“I can see every government slowly ending government jobs. They say that they (contract workers) will not work if they are hired permanently. It is wrong to say that a government employee does not work when they are hired permanently. He works when he is given respect and full salary,” Kejriwal said.

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He later pledged to keep all contract employees permanent if AAP wins Gujarat’s general election. He also arranged for the court to stay the decision.

In the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Kejriwal claimed that the state government will employ 36,000 contract workers in Punjab. He hired 8,500 teachers permanently. Punjab CM Mann said contract workers were gradually being regularized in the northern state.

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Arvind Kejriwal vowed to close the gap between permanent and contract (or outsourced) workers, saying the party will also introduce “equal work, equal pay”.

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“It doesn’t cost much to implement. Their intention (of the state government) is not right. We are the party of the poor and disadvantaged and we understand your problem. We will give you respect and full salary,” he added.

To bring further benefits to temp workers, Arvind Kejriwal also assured contract workers receive up to 300 units of free electricity and healthcare from a network of 20,000 Mohalla clinics. The audience was also assured that the state will end the contractor system. In addition, he said government jobs would be awarded on merit with no referral system. . Also, women will get 1,000 per month.

(With inputs from PTI)

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