Islamabad - The regularisation issue of temporary staff at OPF Girls College F-8/2 has been pending since 2009, while those who have connections in Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) or in the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development have been regularised or directly appointed on regular basis.

About 11 lower-grade employees have been working for the last seven years on daily wage basis and on meagre payments but the employees who were appointed after them have been regularised or appointed directly on regular basis because of strong connections, they complained. Even the ministry under which the OPF works has appointed a few officials on regular basis in 2013 but the lower-grade daily-wage employees, who have no references, are still waiting for the regularisation of their services.

When the employees voiced their dismay, they were issued warning letters instead of taking any measures.

“We went to meet the Secretary Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sikander Ismail Khan to apprise him of the discriminatory policies towards the employees but he refused to meet us and instead we were issued warning letters for reaching out to him,” informed one of the lower-grade employees seeking anonymity.

The Principal OPF College Shahina Masood has also written letters and applications to the DG OPF, strongly recommending the regularisation of these employees’ services but to no avail. One of the letters available with The Nation says, “They are all very devoted and efficient workers, doing their work with utmost sincerity and hard work whereas the employees hired on regular basis in 2013 are not even working satisfactory.”

The letter also explained that the aforementioned employees were not allowed to apply in 2013, when 13 non-teaching employees were hired on regular basis. One of them, appointed on regular basis was actually among the said daily wagers, as he had strong connections so his services were regularised but the rest of the employees were ignored even after repeated requests and applications.  

Additional Director Colleges in Overseas Pakistanis Foundation Sohail Sarfaraz confirmed to The Nation that recruitments were made when MQM leader Farooq Sattar was heading the ministry.

But Shehzad Iqbal, DG OPF, maintained they were made only against essential teaching posts and none of non-teaching appointments were made due to ban. However, now the management is considering to advertise posts and daily-wage employees would also be considered during fresh appointments, he added.