Temi, 02 May [IPR]:
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling attended the 132nd International Labour Day 2018 celebration as part of his 32-day State-wide outreach tour Jan Sampark Abhiyan at Lamey Taar in South Sikkim on 01 May.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, KN Rai, Area MLA cum Minister for Roads and Bridges Department, GM Gurung, Cabinet Ministers, Chairpersons, Advisors, Head of Departments, public and students at large.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Chamling spoke about the historical significance of May Day and its celebration in Sikkim. He spoke about how the day is observed globally to mark the labour movement and worker’s rights and shared that it is an occasion that pays gratitude and respect to workers and their contributions in building the society.
He spoke about labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement which advocates eight hours of work, eight hours of recreation, and eight hours of rest. The CM also highlighted the Bonded Labour System which he informed has been abolished in Sikkim.
The CM also announced that the State Government will soon be constituting laws keeping in view the welfare and educational demands of the labourers.
“The law will aim for 90% local employment in factories and industries, abolishing of labour contractors and encouraging direct employment,” he informed.
In addition, the CM also announced that ex-gratia for labourers will be increased to Rs 05 lakh. The CM informed that female labourers and workers engaged in various organizations and industries established in Sikkim will be entitled to avail maternity leave for six months with full wages.
The CM emphasized that workers and their children should be eligible for vocational training so that they can be skilled workers
He spoke at length about Organic Farming and urged the progressive farmers and the public not to leave farmlands fallow. In five years, Sikkim will transform into a self-reliant State in terms of production of food grains, said the CM further urging the youth to tap benefits through Sikkim Organic Mission.
Speaking about education sector, the CM articulated that students should shift to concept based education rather than the traditional form of education. He also announced various vacancies being created by the State Government to provide avenues of employment for the youth.
He briefed about the establishment of Horticulture College in Temi, construction of Temi Tarku Helipad and upgradation of roads.
Panchayats from Temi-Namthang Constituency submitted a list of public demands to the Chief Minister wherein he announced that the State Government will build quarters for workers of Temi Tea Garden.
The CM announced to begin the repair work of Whosel Choling Gumpa at the earliest and assured that the demands placed by the panchayats will be looked into and worked upon accordingly.
During the course of the program the Chief Minister along with the dignitaries felicitated registered workers and three established industries located in Sikkim. The Chief Minister was also felicitated by All Sikkim Democratic Labour Front [ASDLF] for his commitment in elevating Sikkim in various fields.