Golay submits 30 demands, warns Sikkim Bandh

Golay submits 30 demands
Tue, Feb 5, 2019

Staff Reporter
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) president P.S. Golay on Monday listed out 30 demands to be fulfilled by the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) government by February 25. Failure to act on these demands would be followed by a Sikkim Bandh from February 26, he said.
The ultimatum to the SDF government was given by Golay during the 7th foundation day of SKM party at Mining Ground near Rangpo. If these demands are not met by February 25, the people of Sikkim under the leadership of SKM will enforce a bandh across Sikkim to put pressure on the government, he said.
Most of the demands (see box) coming from the SKM are related to pending and current issues of the State.
“I have presented the ultimatum before the State government. If these 30 demands are not fulfilled by February 25, we will start Sikkim Bandh from February 26 onwards,” said the SKM president.
Later speaking to media, Golay said the demands were related to the promises made repeatedly by the SDF government for the past few terms. The SDF government has been giving repeated false assurances to the public on these points during the elections and if it cannot fulfill these demands then it should be ready to face the bandh also, he said.

By February 25….
Some of the major demands made by the SKM president were the following:
The SDF government has failed to provide Limboo-Tamang seat reservation in the Assembly. The State government must prepare an appropriate formula on seat reservation, have the proposal passed in the Assembly and sent it to Centre and extract a firm conclusion from the Centre.
A proposal must be passed for restoration of the Nepali seats and sent to the Centre and get a written assurance from the Centre.
As a NEDA member, the SDF government must get the tribal status for left-out Nepali communities passed in the Parliament
The Chief Minister must apologise to all women for his mockery of the menstrual hygiene
All casual government employees more than 5 years must be regularised, and given equal pay for equal work as per the order of the Supreme Court
All adhoc teachers more than 5 years who fulfil criteria must be regularized. For those not fulfilling criteria, State government must frame own separate laws and regularise them also
In the appointment letter of those recruited under ‘one family, one job’ scheme, it is written that the ‘…appointment is purely on temporary basis’. This sentence must be removed and replaced with ‘…such appointees will be regularised after five years’.
All arrears with allowances of 5th Pay Commission must be given to employees in a single instalment
Home Guards who have served for more than 5 years must be given regular appointments in Sikkim Police, IRB and Sikkim Armed Police
All medical and non-medical staff working for more than 5 years under National Heath Mission must be made regular employees
All loans taken by the unemployed youths from State agencies must be waived off
A rule should be made so that the minimum salary of the local workers in private companies is Rs. 20,000.
Make a rule for 90% local employment in all private companies
Syndicates have been given to cooperative societies. All these syndicates and stands must be given to the taxi drivers associations like before.
Distribute laptops to all students, even those who are studying outside the State.
All district hospitals should have facilities as per the IPHS
Withdraw the notification banning CBI from entering Sikkim
Terminate the service extension given to retired employees

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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