Sikkim CM Pawan Kumar Chamling

Gangtok: The state government has embarked on an ambitious plan to give 20,000 temporary jobs to unemployed youths under the ‘one family one job’ scheme.

This was announced by chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling earlier this year, with the state assembly passing the bill in its special session recently.

While addressing the assembly, CM Chamling said that the budget has been allocated for the implementation of public welfare programmes such as the ‘one family one job’ scheme which would provide employment to about 20,000 educated unemployed youths of the state. He further said that all formalities would be completed by the end of December this year, after which the scheme would roll out immediately.

The Sikkim Legislative Assembly has approved a grant to provide salaries to almost 16,000 temporary jobs which shall be created by the state government in various departments as a part of the scheme.

The scheme entitles one member of every family, who does not have a government job, to acquire a temporary job in a department under the Sikkimese government. As per media reports, the scheme would cost the government about Rs 250 crore annually.

The new recruits will be absorbed into 12 different departments with as many as 3,686 posts being created in the roads and bridges department alone. The highest salary of Rs 18,000 per month will be given to junior engineers and the lowest package of Rs 9,000 per month will be given to safai karmacharis, office assistants and others.

Meanwhile, the move has come under severe criticism from the opposition with Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) supremo PS Golay recently calling for regular jobs instead of temporary ones.

‌SKM general secretary Bikash Basnet, while clarifying that the party is not opposing the scheme, said that there were many lapses in the scheme. “The ruling party is only publicising the scheme on the basis of the CM’s announcement. There should be proper planning and structure communicated under the government gazette,” he added.

He challenged the government further and said that if the ruling front is sincere, then permanent jobs should be given rather than temporary ones.

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