Govt barred from terminating contractual employees

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday restrained authorities from terminating the contract of employees of Sindh Information, Science and Technology Department. A division bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan gave this interim order while hearing a petition filed by Akram Basher and 31 other contractual employees seeking regularisation of their services. The court issued notice to Sindh chief secretary and Information, Science and Technology Department secretary to file their comments. It adjourned the hearing of the case till July 14 where several other similar matters would be taken up. Counsel Zameer Hussain Ghumro submitted that petitioners were appointed on contractual basis in 2012 and 2013 in Information, Science and Technology Department on different posts through a legal procedure. He said that the provincial government had enacted Sindh Regularization of Ad-hoc and Contract Employees Bill, 2013.  “According to the Act, employees appointed on ad-hoc and contract basis shall regularized after the enforcement of the Act,” said the counsel. Despite the promulgation of the Act, services of the petitioners were not being regularized, he said and added that instead, provincial authorities were bent upon terminating the contract of employee with mala fide. The court was requested to direct provincial authorities to regularize the service of the petitioners and restrain government from terminating their contracts.

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