Gangtok, 17 Aug:
Hamro Sikkim Party today held a press meet at the HSP office, Deoraliregarding the statements on the 5th Pay Committee made by the Chief Minister in his Independence Day address. Before the press meet, HSP vice president, Tara Shrestha and party workers expressed their condolences on the demise of former Prime Minister,AtalBihari Vajpayee.
HSP spokesperson,BirajAdhikari spoke about the contributions of Late Vajpayee for the development and progress of the country.
Mr Adhikari alleged that the CM had created confusion about the implementation of the recommendations of the 5th Pay Committee. He said that the Department of Personnel released a note on 16 Aug stating that revised pay of government employees is effective from 1st January 2016.
The directive issued is not a notification and the government is cheating the employees again, he alleged.
He urged the government to give the correct date of implementation of the recommendations rather than dilly-dally with such confusing papers. He also demanded that the government pay the arrear at one go that too from 1st January 2016 onwards.
“If this is not done our party is ready to stage protests on our own or jointly with other political parties,” said Mr Adhikari.
HSP leader and former Minister, KN Upreti said that the claim of the CM that the State is fully literate is untrue. He challenged the State Government to carry out field tours to get the correct picture on the literacy rate in Sikkim.
“We feel even today there exists 25-30% illiteracy in the state,” he said.
Mr Upreti further said that HSP welcomes the organic mission and the farmers cultivating and availing good price for their produce but the imposition of ban is really unwarranted as it leaves no choice for the poor who cannot pay high prices for the organic produce.
We want the government to regulate the rates of organic vegetables so that each and every consumer can eat vegetables of their choice at low rates, he said.
With respect to LPG distribution system, he mentioned that the rates the consumers pay is for the delivery of LPG refilled cylinders at their door steps but today the consumers are forced to stand in queue to get one refilled cylinder.
The SDF government claims to be pro-poor but in reality there isn’t any policy or scheme that is pro-poor and benefits the state’s population, he alleged. The ruling government claims credit for schemes which are of the Central government to woo the innocent people of the state, he added.