Authorities say they were appointed on political consideration
The Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) authorities yesterday decided to dismiss some 470 "unnecessary and politically-appointed" employees to cut expenditure.
RCC councillors said the decision was made at a meeting in the afternoon and it will be executed a month later following negotiations with the employees' union.
Meantime, the employees formed a committee to protest the move and staged demonstration on the Rajshahi Nagar Bhaban premises in the afternoon.
The RCC has to spend around Tk 1.5 crore annually on the 470 staffs appointed on daily wage-basis, said RCC Secretary Emdadul Haque.
The listed staffs include 243 from conservancy, 37 from mosquito control, 28 from development, 20 from administration, 26 from transport and 19 from water supply sections.
Five among them, appointed as immunisation workers and also to mosquito control section, were however, discharged from the mosquito control section, he added.
RCC sources said many of the employees have no duties to attend to. They were basically used in political processions and meetings during the previous BNP-led four-party government.
M Swadhin, convenor of RCC Employees Movement Committee said they protested only against wrong selections of staffs to be terminated. "There are some sincere employees," he added.
RCC authorities said they would be able to ensure many essential services if they could save money by reducing excess staffs.
Earlier, out of around 2000 daily basis employees, a Manpower Reduction Committee identified those staffs to be "unnecessary" in RCC.
The committee argued that the corporation is struggling with financial hardships in providing salaries to its regular staffs.
Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton told The Daily Star that RCC is now borrowing funds from development sectors to pay off regular staffs' salary. "Manpower is being reduced as part of our plan to minimize expenditure," he said.