Jacob Khaling, political secretary to Sikkim CM and SKM spokesperson, addressing the press on Thursday Credit: EastMojo image

Gangtok: The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) on Thursday highlighted the achievements made by the party during its 100 days of governance, at a press conference in state capital Gangtok.

TN Dhakal, political advisor to the chief minister, said that party has maintained peace in the state, especially after the election, which overthrew the 25-year-old regime of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF).

“We all have witnessed violence and victimisation every time after election but this time everything was dealt  peacefully. Victimisation and transfers have been ruled out in our tenure,” said Dhakal.

He further informed that the party is studying Sikkim with utmost alertness and will give its best to improve the situation in Sikkim. Looking at our work, in future, the public will take their decision for sure, he added.

CP Bhattarai, press advisor to CM cum SKM spokesperson, said that 100 days of governance is nothing compared to the destruction caused during the last 25 years by the former government.

Nonetheless, he highlighted few achievements of the newly formed government:

*Saturday declared as care & cure holiday for the government employees.

*Extension system in government service stopped.

*Pilot system & STF security removed which has curtailed financial burden to the state.

*July 4 observed as a day to Mother Earth.

* Late Nar Bahadur Bhandari is respected all over the country but the former government did not, and SKM has declared holiday on October 5 in his memory.

Jacob Khaling, political secretary to CM cum party spokesperson, said that the SKM achieved 100 days of milestone. “The situation in which we received Sikkim was a challenging one. However, chief minister PS Golay started working from day 1 itself,” he said.

“In these 100 days, we can see the people of Sikkim from all caste, creed, religion and professions enjoying their freedom and democratic rights happily,” he added.

He also alleged the former government of unnecessary expenses which has badly effected the finance of the State.

Khaling announced of punishing the corrupt leaders under the Lokayukta Act which has been amended in the assembly recently and now awaits for the Lokayukta’s permission to bring Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and vigilance department in the state. Corrupt people in Sikkim won’t be spared, he added.

Khaling added to the achievements by the new government in first 100 days:

– White Paper has been presented.

– Presented pending political demands in New Delhi.

– Enquiring the list of OFOJ employees.

– Working seriously in developing work culture in the state.

– Handed over school uniforms contract to self-help groups (SHG) and unemployed youths.

– One-time arrears to government employees.

– Promotion to government employees who have been working in the same post for years.

– Rs 15 lakh to be sanctioned per building under CMRHM scheme with one TV and furnitures. Also the beneficiaries can chose the designs from 3 options given by the government.

– Bhaichung Stadium construction resumed and to be completed by this year.

– Health insurance to all govt employees.

– Pending construction and road works to be completed and action to be taken against the contractors who fail to do so.

– Pakyong & Soreng to be made districts.

– Old STNM to be kept as emergency service for public convenience.

Sonam Venchungpa, party spokesperson, informed how CM has been working 24*7 processing 1,000 of applications, first stage of transfer policies, promotion policies.

He further informed to revive the work at existing Teesta projects after consulting the concerned stakeholders and local public as it will generate employment and revenue in the state.

When asked about regularisation of ad hoc teachers, Khaling replied, “We are trying to sort it very soon. We won’t neglect this issue thinking it as a liability to the government as it involves our youth and is a sensitive case therefore we have to take the decision considering their advantages”.

When asked about mass transfers, the SKM spokesperson said, “We do agree that transfers are done but it isn’t victimisation. We have given promotions too which was pending for a long time.”

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