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Over 7,000 Field Assistants Get Their Jobs Back

hyderabad: More than 7,000 field assistants are set to return to work in Telangana as the state government decides to reinstate them, more than two years after being laid off for going on strike.

Field assistants work for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS).

Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Secretary Sandeep Kumar Sultania have given verbal instructions to all district collectors and rural development officers to reinstate field assistants.

The government of the once unified Andhra Pradesh state oversees work under the MNREGS, draws up roster of workers employed under the scheme, and to ensure employment for all job card holders. , appointed 7,561 field assistants.

They were initially appointed with a pay scale of Rs 1,200 per month which was later increased to Rs 10,000 per month.

In February 2020, the government fired field assistants for going on strike to support their demands, including paying salaries through the Treasury Department and normalizing services.

Since then, fired field assistants have staged protests demanding reinstatement. Opposition parties also backed the agitation.

Field assistants have repeatedly asked the government to seek reinstatement, assuring them to abide by regulations and not resort to unnecessary agitation.

On 15 March, Prime Minister K. Chandarsekhar Rao promised to reinstate field assistants. He said the government would reinstate them for “humanitarian reasons” and warned against resorting to strikes in the future.

Panchayat Raj Minister E. Dayakar Rao said the Prime Minister has kept his promise and returned field assistants to service.

https://www.siasat.com/telangana-over-7000-field-assistants-to-get-back-thier-jobs-2387589/ Over 7,000 Field Assistants Get Their Jobs Back

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