Private consultancies for providing employees to govt; KINFRA contract termed illegal
Thiruvananthapuram: KINFRA’s job consultancy contract, including the appointment of technical experts in the Chief Secretary’s IT cell, has been termed as illegal.
Employees were handed over to KINFRA by a private job consultancy institute called Mint. Compulsory Notification for Vacancies Act (CNV) is applicable for the appointments in KINFRA, which is a government funded institute. As per this, appointments have to be made through PSC and other employment exchanges. Labour department authorities stated that handing over the contract to a private agency by KINFRA was illegal.
Labour department has taken action against such governmental institutions that have made such contract employments. The order released by the Public Administration department states that the appointments made up by government departments, public sector institutes, boards, companies and corporations should come under the CNV Act.
The law mandates that the appointments made by institutes drawing salary from the government should be transparent. However, a lot of institutes are involved in handing over illegal contract employments. Special permission should be taken from the government to recruit employees from private agencies.
KINFRA states that it sought the service of private consultancy due to the shortage of employees. KINFRA has been seeking the service of job consultancies from 1993. There are 24 parks and 16 projects under KINFRA. There are only 37 permanent staff in them. Other appointments are all given to private agencies. However, KINFRA authorities were not ready to react to the violation of CNV Act.