Representational Image | Photo: Mathurbhumi Archives| Arun Krishnankutty
Kozhikode: The state government is planning to cut the number of permanent staff working in Maveli stores and supermarkets in Kerala. A review meeting chaired by Food Minister decided to lay off staff and backed the appointment of a single permanent staff in government-owned stores.
The circular issued by Supplyco MD based on the order met with protests from trade unions and employees. Employees pointed out that the order from the state government stands against the existing norms.
Apart from an outlet in-charge, an assistant salesman is also employed permanently in such stores. Meanwhile, the appointment of temporary staff is based on the overall sale. There is a clear framework that dictates the number of employees needed in each store. Currently, 3196 employees are working in 1630 outlets in the state. The employees said that more than 1500 employees would be left without a job if the state government moved ahead with the new policy.
The employees are appointed in Maveli stores and Superstores based on the sales. However, the government failed to create required posts and the staffing pattern even when new outlets are opened under Supplyco. Meanwhile, the management is proposing to reduce the number of employees.
Employees said the lay offs would significantly affect the operation of their outlets. It is alleged that the state is looking to bring in temporary staff in place of permanent staff. Further, the decision will be a setback for those who have written the PSC exam and are awaiting appointment.