SD Dhakal, Secretary to CM, during a press conference at Tashiling Secretariat

Gangtok: Sikkim state cabinet on Monday decided to provide 10% central reservation for the economically weaker section, who do not fall in the reserved category of ST, SC and OBC at the centre. The decision was taken by the State Cabinet, informed SD Dhakal, Secretary to CM, during a press conference at Tashiling Secretariat.

Terming this as a historical development, Dhakal said, “This was a long pending aspiration of a certain section of the Sikkimese population who had been deprived of all the privileges with regard to availing employment and educational opportunities outside the state, including the All India Services. The matter was given the highest priority by the government and was vigorously pursued, placed in the Assembly Session, thoroughly examined, and finally passed in today’s Cabinet Meeting”. The state government will issue a notification to this effect within a week’s time.

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Explaining about the entitlements of the reservation, the Secretary informed, “Only people who fall within the stipulated category and within the bracket of economically weaker section will benefit from the reservation. This includes persons whose family annual income is less than Rs 8 Lakhs, or who possess less than 5 acres of land, or less than 1000 sq ft of residential flat in any municipal area, or less than 100 sq yard of residential plot in a municipal area, or less than 200 sq yard of residential plot outside municipal area”.

The Secretary further said that the certificates would be issued after verification by the district collectorate, and all the sub-divisional magistrates. He explained that the certificates can also be obtained online and should be renewed yearly. He shared that the reservation will not apply to technical and scientific posts and other such posts which are outside the purview of the Central Services.

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In another significant development, State Cabinet opted for removal of the system of conducting viva-voce for all State Government posts for C and D Category. He shared that once this is notified, there will be no viva-voce for group C and D posts in the State Government, and all Public Sector Undertakings and Organizations/Institutions under the State Government.

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