Gangtok: Gangtok: Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, while criticising PM Narendra Modi, said that the Centre has ignored the demands of the Himalayan state for a long time.
“We are a peaceful state, we have not given any tension to the Central government but still we are neglected. Our grants have been slashed by half but still we have not complained,” said Chamling.
The CM was addressing a gathering to mark the 24th anniversary of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF)-led government in the state, at Saramsa Garden, East Sikkim on Friday.
Chamling’s SDF is a partner of both the BJP-headed National Democratic Alliance at the Centre and North East Democratic Alliance. This is probably for the first time that the CM has been open in his criticism of the Centre.
While addressing the crowd on Friday, Chamling reaffirmed the commitment of the state government towards the growth and progress of Sikkim and the Sikkimese people.
While tendering his gratitude to all, the CM said that the 24th anniversary is a celebration of the state and its people and called upon all the functionaries of the state government to come together and collectively strategise on the future of the state.
Referring to the young generation of officers in the state administration, Chamling called upon them to appreciate the Sikkim of today while not losing sight of the struggles that the state has undergone in order to achieve this status of a world-class state.
He added that the present government has focused on human development since Day 1 and called upon the current generation to take forward the growth story of the state.
The CM reiterated that the best of visions and policies cannot come to fruition if it is not conjugated with the efforts of able bureaucrats and officials and extended his appreciation and thankfulness to all the state government functionaries from the lowest to the highest level for their efforts in transforming Sikkim into an exemplary state.
The CM outlined the many challenges that his government had to face when they took reins of the state way back in 1994, and presented comparative analyses of the benchmarks of progress then and in the present day. He highlighted that 24 years of trials and tribulations have gone into making the Sikkim of everyone’s dream, hence all segments of the state government have to come forward with a sense of ownership and strive towards upholding the values of peace, progress and prosperity that can be found in its finest in Sikkim.
He called upon the state administration to be systematic in their approach and not personalise it as the government is of the people and endeavours to serve the people. He enunciated that the government officials have to respect the continued mandate of the Sikkimese for peace and progress and thus they should all work together to give the people what they aspire for.
Providing major bonanza to state government’s Group C and D employees, ad hoc and temporary employees working in various departments, the CM made several announcements. He announced that the qualifying period for promotion for group C & D employees would now be reduced to five years. Likewise, female workers engaged in various sectors on temporary capacity in any sector will entitled to six months maternity leave. Chamling said that all safai karmacharis working under various government departments for more than ten years will be regularised.
He also announced that employees working under Group C and D grade from last five years and above will be regularised. He directed all the concerned departments to submit the proposal by January 15, and ensure implementation of all the above announcements by January 31 next year. He also announced that all pending promotions of Group C & D employees will be done immediately on priority.
The CM further announced that the Sikkim government will issue Other Backward Class (OBC) certificates and Scheduled Caste (ST) certificates to non-COI / Sikkim Subject holders those who have valid voter ID cards, residential certificates and trade licences.
The CM also announced that all vacant posts in the government will be advertised at the earliest.
He announced that the qualifying period for promotion of police constables and forest guards will be reduced from 15 years to five years. Thus, they will be entitled to get the next promotion after five years.
“Under Sikkim Police Service, now police officers will be promoted up to IG Range, before it was done up to DIG range only. And now onwards, police inspectors (PI) and sub-inspectors (SI) will be eligible to get the next promotion after six years of service. Earlier, under Sikkim Police Service, they used to get promotion after eight years of service and from henceforth the qualifying period will be six years,” added Chamling.
The CM said that'under the 'One Family One Job Scheme' of the state government, 20,000 unemployed youths will get appointment letters during the Rozgar Mela scheduled to be held on January 12 at Paljor Stadium. He assured that they will be regularised after five years of service. He added that if anyone is left out during this Mela, they will be appointed in the second phase.
He also informed the gathering that the Janta Mela will commence from January 16 next year.