PANAJI: With no takers for teh Voluntary Retirement Scheme offered to the employees of the Sanjivini factory, the government said it is now in the process of renewing contracts.
Replying to a question tabled by Sanvordem MLA Ganesh Gaonkar, Agriculture Minister Ravi Naik said none of the staff has accepted the VRS scheme.
“Government is in the process of renewing the contract of those staff who were asked not to report to work. None of the staff has opted for VRS from 2022 till date,” he said.
The minister informed that there are 95 Nos of permanent and one daily wages staff working in the Sanjivani Sugar Factory.
There were 80 contract staff working in the Sanjivani sugar factory till 30th June 2023. Renewal of their contract period is under consideration by the government
In June government had offered 177 workers employed at Sanjivani sugar factory the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) scheme and a notification was issued in this regard.
As per notification, the scheme was valid for a period of three years and has completed three financial years by March, 2023.
The proposal was submitted to Government for according to approval for extending the period of the scheme for further two years. However, the Finance (Expenditure) Department turned down the concurrence to the above proposal.
The Finance Department has directed to take immediate steps to give VRS to all employees of Sanjivani Co-op Society and seek funds for final settlement.
There are currently 177 workers here, out of which 28 are employed on contract workers and 99 are permanent.