SKM objects to two-day Diwali holiday for police personnel

GANGTOK, 05 Nov:

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha has raised objections to a message from Sikkim Police ADGP [Law & Order], Akshay Sachdeva, directing SPs to give leave to police personnel celebrating Bhai Tika on 08-09 Nov. The party has said that police personnel should be given leave from 07-09 Nov as notified in the State almanac to celebrate Diwali.

It may be mentioned that the ADGP’s message dated 02 Nov directs police personnel to ensure that the ban on firecrackers is implemented properly and law and order is maintained during Diwali.

“All SPs should direct SDPOs and SHOs for proper patrolling and deployment of force. SPs to personally monitor and supervise arrangements on 07 evening on Laxmi Puja Day when there is lot of movement of people in markets,” the message reads.

Addressing a press conference here today, SKM spokesperson, Jacob Khaling said that the party strongly objects toallowing only two days leave to police personnel celebrating diwali.

Mr Khaling added that this message has decreased the number of Diwali holidays for police personnel by one day.

“This message has superseded the notification of the State Government. We want to ask if a WT message is greater than an executive order of the State,” he stated.

He demanded that the government to immediately withdraw the wireless message and give three days holidays to police personnel to allow them to celebrate this important festival with their family members.

Mr Khaling also questioned the delay in sending 880 newly recruited police personnel for training even though they have completed all formalities.Even after 48 days have passed since the results were announced, these candidates have not been sent for training and have not received salary for 48 days, he added.

While alleging that officers have been getting full salary during training while constables under training are paid only Rs 7000, SKM has demanded that the government provide full salaries to all employees.

Mr Khaling further said that private companies in the State are giving 07 and 09 Nov as Diwali holidays. On the same, he said that it would be difficult for local workers from far corners of the State to go home on 07 Novfor Laxmi Puja and then join duty on 08 Nov returning home again for BhaiTika on 09 Nov.

Having signed an MoU with the State Government these private companies should follow the State almanac in the interest of the workers.

The SKM spokesperson went on to make various other allegations against the State Government.