Mass joining of SDF workers into SKM

Mass joining of SDF workers
Tue, Sep 3, 2019

SKM govt to form proper recruitment & transfer policy: Golay

PANKAJ DHUNGEL
GANGTOK:
Around 2,732 workers of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party from different parts of the State on Monday joined the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) party. This included 67 panchayats as per the figure given by the SKM during the daylong mass joining programme at Saramsa Garden, about 12 km away from Gangtok here.
SKM president and Chief Minister P.S. Golay welcomed the new SKM members at the event which also saw introduction of G.T. Dhungel and Em Prasad Sharma – formerly from SDF party – as the SKM legislators before the massive turnout. Both the MLAs had brought impressive number of supporters from their Upper Tadong and Namcheybong constituencies to join the SKM party.
Commenting on the fresh swell of new SKM members, Golay remarked that the SDF party is eroding from the political landscape of Sikkim leaving its president and former Chief Minister Pawan Chamling all alone within 3 months and six days of the SKM government.
“As a party that is in government, it is our responsibility to include as many people under the party as we can. The SDF party is gone now largely because it was governed by the ideologies of one individual and that is former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling. Seeing such individualistic ideology, the two MLAs defected to join SKM and also upholding the sentiments of the people towards a regional party. The ideologies of that party was against the people, hence they rebelled to work for the people, to attend the Assembly session to put forth their grievances and demands, now they are welcomed to SKM along with their supporters, as we aim to unite the people instead of creating divisions,” said Golay.
Golay maintained that the new joining also had SKM workers who were active during the initial period of his revolt in 2009 with Rolu picnic.
“I cannot label all that have joined today to be new members of the SKM. Some had backtracked due to their fears, as the previous government were divisive with policies of victimizing those that supported SKM. Chamling used all his power to curtail me from reaching this position, he jailed me for a case that dated back to the year 1997, and he tried all he could. But, it has been the faith of the people and the mandate that boosted SKM to form the government.”
Regarding the allegations on SKM government indulging in political victimisation of government employees, the Chief Minister countered that the State government does not have a proper policy for appointments, transfers and retirement.
“We have realized that there is no devoted policy for appointments, the same was evident through One Family One Job scheme and various other recruitments under the previous government. The transfer policy was mostly victimization wherein those that voted in our favour were sent to remote locations. The retirement policy has been marred by extension which was guaranteed only to SDF loyalists.”
“SKM government would like to devise a proper policy, wherein the unemployed no longer need to run after the ministers to ensure they get appointment. They will get appointed as per their merit and given their age group falling mostly in the 20s and early 30s, their first appointment will be in remote locations of the State. A systematic transfer policy will follow which will ensure no employee stays in one place or department for more than 3 years. That way, they will have more experience around the State and more departments to learn from. By the time they reach the age of retirement, they will be back to their home town or villages and retire gracefully serving their own people.”
Golay also elaborated on the rationale for having Self-Help Groups (SHGs) to take up the tailoring work for school uniforms of their areas.
“There were handpicked people who would take up supply duty of various schemes devoted to the people, and most of the funds would be garbed by them. As an exemplary work against the same, the government has decided to allow Self Help Groups from across the State to tailor and make the uniforms for the government schools. The same initiative may not be applied for this year, but from here on for the future, we would want our locals to take up the initiative. It would not only employ our locals but also make them suppliers. Similar steps would be taken for books and shoes to the students of various government schools. It ensures revenue and employment for our locals.”
Golay announced that the MPLAD funds would be devoted to the State’s education development.
“With our MP Indra Hang Subba, still being a scholar yet a representative of the State in the Lok Sabha, we have decided that MPLAD fund would be solely devoted to education in the State. As a welcome measure to the same, there will be schools that will be adopted by each of the ministers, legislators, and party functionaries. The same step can be taken by retired employees of the State. But for the overall development of education with regards to its quality, the MPLAD fund would be devoted to education in the State.”
The Chief Minister informed that the Home ministry has withdrawn its decision to allow mountaineering on the sacred peaks of Sikkim including Mount Khangchendzonga. Fourteen sacred peaks including Mount Khangchendzonga have been withdrawn from the list by the Centre, he said informing that he had written to the ministry following opposition from the people here.
“The Centre may not have been aware of the sacredness of the peaks and faith of the people of Sikkim upon these mountains. I would also like to ascertain that SKM government is in no way against the sentiments of the people or against the protective laws of the State, most importantly Article 371F. SKM government will fight for these rights of the people, always,” he said.


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