Gangtok: The Sikkim government has recently announced to provide 15, 000 youths of the state with casual government employment within December this year. The jobs would be provided under the government’s ‘one family one job’ scheme. The decision on the time frame was taken during the Sikkim Democratic Front’s (SDF) legislature party meeting chaired by CM Pawan Chamling at Samman Bhawan in Gangtok.

SDF spokesperson Bhim Dahal said, “If there are any families who are left out even after giving employment to 15,000 persons, then they will be included by March 2019.”

The CM has warned all leaders of the party against any misuse of the employment policy, and has also laid a provision for a complaint with the CM himself, in case of any misuse.

Dahal further said, “The party leader has directed that no efforts should be spared to give employment to the needy persons.”

The tiny Himalayan state has the second-highest unemployment rate in the country after Tripura, another state from the Northeast. As per the Annual Employment and Unemployment Survey report, the unemployment rate per 1,000 people aged more than 15 years was at 136 in 2016-17 in the state.

Ten per cent of its population is engaged in government jobs, way above the national average of 3.5%.

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