HSP wants clarity on pay revision, implementation by end-August

Gangtok, 26 Aug:

Hamro Sikkim Party [HSP] vice president Bhaichung Bhutia and spokesperson Biraj Adhikari today accused the SDF Government of keeping the people confused about the pay revision announced for government servants on the recommendations of the 5th Pay Committee.

While pointing out that the Chief Minister had announced in his I-Day message that the pay revision recommendations would be implemented, the two claimed that there was no clarity on the matter thus far.

Mr Bhutia contended that despite the I-Day assurance, the only document issued by the state government has been an “ambiguous sounding” circular forwarded to all the districts which contained a line like “for the record and for reference”.

However, nowhere has it been explicitly stated that the recommendations have been implemented, and HSP finds this confusing and regards it as a meaningless document, he said.

He went on to allege that the government was resorting to time-wasting tactics and condemned such moves.

Mr Bhutia went on to place two demands:

-That the State government take out a notification announcing the full implementation of the 5th Pay Commission by the end of August 2018 or be prepared to face massive reprisals as the HSP is prepared to launch an agitation if the deadline is not met.

- Arrears be disbursed wef from 01 January 2016 all employees in one installment within three months, failing which the party shall consider moving the courts.

The arrears from 2016 and in one single instalment are the rights of government employees, especially the Group C and D employees, who are the backbone of the State administration. They deserve their due rights especially in the present times of market inflation, said HSP spokesperson Mr Adhikari.

Simultaneously, the HSP has also demanded the state government stop giving service extensions to retired government employees.

“The government has been giving service extensions regularly to retired government employees. Most of the extensions are given to those close to the SDF government and not on merit. Public money is also being wasted by providing police escorts to the ministers,” said Mr Adhikari.