Saturday, Feb 10, 2024 09:00 [IST]
Last Update: Saturday, Feb 10, 2024 03:28 [IST]
GANGTOK,: Chief Minister PS Golay told the opposition on Friday that he needs
no teaching on financial resourcefulness for providing salaries to the
thousands of temporary government employees who are being regularized by the
those parties who are against the regularization of temporary government
employees are resentfully asking from where we (SKM government) will give
salaries (to the regularized employees) and where is the budget for
regularization. I tell them, nobody has to teach us. I know from where to get
the budget. Those who have gone (from government) do not need to teach us,”
Minister was addressing the ‘Temporary Employees Bharosa Sammelan’ organised by
the Department of Personnel (DoP) at Rangpo ground with thousands of casual
government employees in attendance. He released the official notification which
regularizes casual government employees of all categories who have completed
four years of service as of December 31, 2023.
asked the thousands of casual workers to have faith in him and SKM government
to deliver timely salaries upon regularisation as it has been done so far during
their temporary employment.
not worry. This is ‘Golay Ko Guarantee’. Keep your faith in Golay and SKM
Sarkar. Despite Covid and other major
challenges, we ran the government successfully. It is our responsibility to
allocate budget and provide salaries to the newly regularized employees because
in 2024 we are forming the government. We have discussed all the required
aspects with the Finance secretary and State cabinet before taking this
regularisation decision,” said the Chief Minister.
regularisation notification covers all categories of temporary employees
including those working in Muster-Roll, adhoc, contractual, government
projects, ASHA & ICDS, Home Guards and OFOJ.
asserted that the temporary employees must not doubt the courage and intention
of the SKM government for their welfare and advancement. If we had to hide or
lie, we would have never invited all the temporary employees and department
heads here at Rangpo where we made the regularization notification public, he
about 19,000 casual government workers including the OFOJ employees.
government in 2022 had notified that casual employees and adhoc teachers would
be regularized after eight years in active service. The same notification was amended earlier
this month by the State cabinet to reduce the regularization eligibility period
to four years till December 31, 2023.
‘Fast-track regularisation process’
nearly two-hour long speech, the Chief Minister directed the heads of
departments to expedite the regularisation process of those employees
completing four years in service. Compile a list of all the employees in a
seniority-wise manner, prepare the memorandum, fast-track the process and hand
over the regularisation order, he said.
informed that the causal employees are being regularized at the same posts they
are presently serving with no decrease in their pay scale. He promised the
“best scale” for the regularised employees during the 6th Pay
Commission due in 2026.
‘Best scale from 6th Pay
Pay Commission of 2016 did injustice to the Group C & D employees. It is my
promise to those being regularised in this historic occasion, we will give you
the best scale from the 6th Pay Commission in 2026,” said the Chief
same time, Golay reminded that the salary enhancement and retirement benefits
from the 6th Pay Commission depends on who is running the government
in 2026. He urged the gathering of employees to put all their energy in
supporting the present government. You won’t suffer a loss, you know me and our
work for you in these 4.5 years, this government is an employee-friendly
government, he said.
reiterated how the SKM government strongly and successfully defended the OFOJ
appointees when a petition was filed in the High Court of Sikkim against their
faith in us and give all energy to ensure victory for the present government. Make
us victorious in every booth of all the 32 Assembly seats. You have got this
huge opportunity to decide on what kind of benefit you want from the 6th
Pay Commission, that opportunity to change your fortune is coming soon,”
appealed the Chief Minister.
address, the Chief Minister announced that vocational teachers and Organic
Mission workers working for private agencies under State government funding
would be first brought under the concerned departments. We cannot regularize
such workers immediately, firstly we will bring them under the concerned
departments and regularize them in future, he said.
announced an increase in honorarium for MGNREGA barefoot engineers from Rs.
7,000 to Rs. 10,000.
major announcements were that land donor employees with three years of service are
eligible for regularization, and temporary employees with disabilities who have
served for more than 2 years will have their services regularized.
secretary Rinzing Chewang Bhutia, in his welcome address, outlined the
outstanding programmes implemented by the present government to enhance the
welfare of government employees. He also underlined the government's
introduction of sabbatical leave, which allows temporary workers to take three
years off. Currently, around 50 temporary employees have taken leave.
programme, representatives from various departments shared their experiences
and extended their gratitude to the Chief Minister for the regularisation of
various associations felicitated the Chief Minister for his overarching support
in ensuring their progress and welfare.