VEHARI-A total of 1,841 employees of water management project are on tenterhooks for the regularisation of their jobs across Punjab province, a union leader said.

All-Punjab Water Management Employees Association (APWMEA) Punjab President Aamir Rasool said that the government recruited 5,000 employees under a project for improvement of water management. Later, the Punjab government shifted these employees to the Punjab Irrigation Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project (PIPIP). However, 1,841 employees including 17 engineers, 11 sub engineers and 11 computer operators were left behind.

APWMEA Punjab Information Secretary Nadeem Razzaq said that all the other provinces than Punjab have made national projects employees permanent, he said.

He noted that Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal, former provincial minister Ashraf Sohna and Punjab Minister Malik Nadeem Kamran have recommended the Punjab government to regularise the water management employees in 2009-10.

A World Bank delegation had also asked the Punjab government to regularise the employees, he claimed. Employee Mian Shehzad said, “The employees of water management protested for their demands all over Punjab but to no avail. They demanded that Punjab chief minister should look into the matter personally.