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Sikkim govt’s ‘one family one job’ scheme comes under scanner

Several groups have alleged malpractices and mismanagement over allocation of jobs and eligibility of candidates under CM Pawan Kumar Chamling’s flagship programme

Gangtok: Less than a month after the Sikkim government’s flagship 'one family, one job' scheme was launched by CM Pawan Kumar Chamling, the initiative has already started to garner criticism from various sections of the people, some of whom have alleged malpractices and mismanagement over allocation of jobs and eligibility of candidates.

This was brought to light by the Sikkim Berojgar Sangharsh Samiti, an association of unemployed youths of the state, in a press conference held in Gangtok on Thursday. The organisation put forth several anomalies in the scheme.

The organisation also alleged that mismanagement in the allocation of jobs is not just restricted to giving jobs untenable to the qualification of the candidates; in some cases, youths with government jobs in families have also secured jobs. On the contrary, many have also complained of not featuring in the job holders’ list despite not having anyone with a government job in the family.

Man Bahadur Karki, member, SBSS, stated that there is a problem with the first condition of the job, which says that is purely temporary in nature. "Verbally, the CM is saying jobs will be regularised after five years, but we need written assurance," he said.

Another member, Saraswati Sherpa, said: “Many youths are leaving studies and private jobs to join these jobs. However, if the jobs are not regularised after five years, they won’t be taken back by their previous employers. Who will be responsible then?”

The association has requested proper scrutiny of youths and their families before granting them the jobs.

In his recent speeches, CM Chamling had said that all anomalies that may have occurred in this scheme needs to be rectified quickly by the concerned MLAs, panchayats and councilors by the first week of February.