Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling distributed the jobs during Rojgar Mela on Saturday. Credit: Eastmojo image

Gangtok: Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling on Saturday handed over jobs to 12,000 youths, out of a total of 20,000, during a ‘Rojgar Mela’ organised at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok on Saturday.

Temporary appointment letters were given to one person from each of the 32 assembly constituencies under the ‘one family one job’ scheme.

Terming his government a pro-poor and pro-people, Chamling, while addressing media persons after distributing the jobs, said that it was just hearsay that financial burden or crisis would engulf Sikkim after implementation of this scheme.

He was reacting to the criticism launched by Opposition parties that the jobs handed over to youths under “one job one family” during the Rojgar Mela are temporary and it can lead to a financial crisis in the state.

The chief minister said that the jobs will be temporary in nature and after five years of service these jobs will be regularised by the state government.

“For the remaining left out candidates, orders will be issued in the next phase. For which, the Panchayats, MLAs and all concerned should take necessary action,” Chamling said.

Reacting to the Centre’s move to grant 10% reservations to the upper caste people, Chamling said that government of Sikkim has already granted such reservations many years ago with upper-caste Sikkimese Nepalese – Bahun, Chettris and Newars have been granted the State OBC status with 20% reservation to them on a par with Central OBC, SC and STs.

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