Guards allege arbitrary sacking by NIT-Farmagudi

 

Around 17 daily wage workers employed as security guards at the National institute of Technology (NIT), Farmagudi-Ponda have accused the NIT management of terminating their services without prior notice.
Seventeen workers, some of them working since the last three years, were on Monday asked not to report to work as the security contract was awarded to a private firm. 
It may be recalled that the NIT was set up in the Goa engineering campus, Farmagudi-Ponda in July 2010. 
“We were told by our local MLA and the Minister Sudin Dhavlikar that within few months our services would be regularised. But three years passed and nothing was done. Today, we have been told that our services have been terminated”, said Pramod Naik.
However, none of the 17 workers had any contract and they were employed on daily wages. “There is no contract but on assurance of our MLA we were working with a hope that someday our services will be regularised. I hope the government will look into our issue as soon as possible”, said Naik.
When contacted, Rajendra Kumar, NIT officer on special duty informed that since the workers are on daily wage there was no need of prior notice.
“Workers were aware that NIT was in the process to appoint a private contractor to depute security. As per government guidelines, we (NIT) cannot appoint workers in support services, such as security. That is the reason a month back we had advertised asking for contract agency for providing security to the campus. Daily wage workers who are engaged as security guards will be aware of this. The daily wage workers don’t want to work under a contractor,” said Kumar. [H]