100 BISE contract employees resign in 12 months
LAHORE, Aug 4: More than 100 Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore employees, who were on
contract, have resigned in the past year because they were not regularised.
More than 1,000 employees work with BISE Lahore,
out of which 400 employees have been on contract for several years. Being on
contract means that these employees are not given allowances that the Education
Department gives to regular employees.
Haji Muhammad Dogar, BISE Lahore
secretary, said more than 100 employees had resigned in one year. He said the
situation was disheartening for the board because its work was sensitive and
needed employees. He said the government should regularise contractual employees
so that the board's work could improve.
Dr Zakariya Butt, BISE Lahore
chairman, said several contractual employees had been demanding regular
employment for several years. He said the board was trying to regularise them
and had sent their applications to Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi. He said the
chief minister had set up a committee under the supervision of the law minister
to discuss the case.
Law minister Basharat Raja said the committee was
working on the case and that he would soon forward his report to the chief
minister. He said he favour the regularisation of contractual
It was learnt that most contract employees have been
in such a state for more than 10 years and because of their meagre salaries face
a tough time.
Mohsin Hussain said he was appointed a junior clerk 12
years ago and was still on contract. He said he was promised regularisation, but
the government had not acted upon it. Saqib Ali said he was a graduate and was
working on a contract for the past 11 years. He said he had started working on
daily wages and was now earning Rs 5,500. He said allowances such as house rent
were not part of his pay and that regular employees were getting all basic
Muhammad Aslam Gujjar, Employees Welfare Association BISE
Lahore president, said governments had several times promised regularising
contractual employees, but authorities had still not issued the order. He said
the association had protested, but the government also ignored
Muhammad Zahid Qureshi, Employees Welfare Federation BISE Lahore
secretary general, said the education minister had promised regularising all
BISE Lahore employees, but after eight months have passed no progress was made. Daily times