Dharna pressing regularization of 18,000 govt employees in Sikkim

A day-long dharna was organized near district court gate in Gangtok on December 20 by Sikkim Subject Committee demanding regularisation of jobs of over 18,000 persons who were appointed under the “One Family One Job” scheme of the state.

The protesters led by vice-convener of the committee Nawin Kiran Pradhan demanded regularisation of employees appointed under “One Family One Job” scheme of the state government earlier.

Pradhan said that the present Sikkim Krantikari Morcha government must deliver on its pre-poll promise and regularise the jobs of the temporary staff immediately. “We are staging the dharna primarily to demand the regularisation of jobs of OFOJ employees. The SKM, when it was in the opposition, had promised to do so within 100 days of coming to power,” he said.

Former chief minister of Sikkim, Pawan Chamling had started the programme for poor family members with no one already in government service.

The protesters also demanded termination of services of 1600 employees who were allegedly appointed illegally.

Case pending in Sikkim high court

The case of “One Family One Job” employees is going on in the High Court of Sikkim.

However, chief minister Prem Singh Tamang has already declared publicly that the state government will fight the case to “save the jobs of poor incumbents”.

“Government must be fair,” Pradhan added.

The dharna was joined by the Limboo Tamang Voluntary Committee and some politicians.

The protesting group also demanded seat reservation in Sikkim legislative assembly for Limboo-Tamangs, which is pending with central government since 2003.

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