Gangtok: Opposition Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) on Thursday came down heavily on the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) government regarding the circular on ‘One Family, One Job’ appointees.
“It appears that the DoP wrongly interpreted the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) norms under pressure from the SKM government and issued the circular. Violation of MCC, as mentioned in the DoP circular, is totally false,” said SDF spokesperson MK Subba at a press meet on Thursday.
The Department of Personnel (DoP) on May 31 had issued a circular asking the heads of all departments to submit a list of ‘One Family, One Job’ (OFOJ) recruits who reported for duty after enforcement of Model Code of Conduct on March 8.
“Allowing candidates to report for duty during the Model Code of Conduct violates the norms of the Election Commission and the concerned department or officer would be liable to be penalised under the established norms of the Election Commission of India,” read the circular.
The DoP requested all secretaries to “immediately withhold and cancel the joining of all the candidates” under OFOJ scheme along with those candidates appointed under temporary basis who reported for duty while MCC was in effect. “List of such candidates along with their appointment orders may be forwarded to this department by June 10”, said the DoP.
Speaking with media at SDF Bhawan, party spokesperson MK Subba insisted that there has been no violation of the MCC. “As per the MCC guidelines, government works or projects that have already started at ground level after receiving all administrative approval can continue during the MCC period. Hence, the OFOJ appointments pass this norm as they had been selected before the MCC came into existence,” he clarified.
SDF spokesperson Neeru Sewa added that fault does not lie on the side of OFOJ beneficiaries but the departments are to be blamed for the delay in the appointment of the selected candidates. She said, the OFOJ was a flagship programme of the SDF government to ensure that every family in Sikkim gets an assured monthly income from the State government.
SDF spokesperson Avinash Yakha said around 10,000 appointees are affected by the DoP circular. The new SKM government has snatched the livelihood of 10,000 families by rendering the OFOJ recruits unemployed, he said.
Subba demanded the DoP to withdraw its circular by June 13 or else SDF will take the matter to the court. We tell the affected youth not to worry, the SDF will fight for them in the court, he said.
The SDF spokespersons also condemned the incident of June 3 where undignified rants from the visitors’ gallery were made against party president and former chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling in the Assembly.
Meanwhile, Chamling has submitted a petition to the Sikkim Legislative Assembly (SLA) Speaker LB Das seeking immediate and necessary action against the miscreants to uphold the dignity and sanctity of the Assembly.
In his petition, Chamling mentioned the June 3 incident during the Assembly session and said it was “highly objectionable, condemnable, and against the very spirit of parliamentary democracy”. He pointed out that maintenance of order in the House and upholding the dignity and decorum are vested powers of the Speaker under article 118(1) of the Indian Constitution.
“During the legislative session which took place on June 3, 2019, it is unfortunate that the visitors sitting in the gallery who were all members and supporters of the SKM party uttered words against me and other members of the SDF party were defamatory, indecent, unparliamentary and totally inappropriate,” Chamling wrote.
“The sole object of such illegal act committed by the said persons was to intimidate, threaten and humiliate me and other members of the SDF party. It is obvious that this entire act of illegality was pre-planned by the SKM party,” said the SDF president.
Chamling requested the Speaker to “take immediate and appropriate action against all the said persons or culprits who have indulged in such illegal act and have shown total disrespect to the very sanctity and decorum of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly under the rules and relevant provisions of the law”.