School Land Donors Association demands regular jobs for land donors

Gangtok, 11 Jan:

School Land Donors Association [SLDA] has demanded that the State government provide regular jobs to members of land donor families. The association has alleged that the government has only been providing temporary jobs to members of land donor families and that this was in contravention of original assurances.

In a meeting of the association held at Singtam in East Sikkim on Thursday, members from all four districts demanded that the government fulfill its promise to provide regular jobs to members of land donor families.

SLDA general secretary, Ranjit Rai alleged that the government is not serious about the rights of land donating families.

He informed that regular jobs were provided to members of 20 families in 2004 but HRDD issued a circular in year 2006 stating that regular jobs will not be provided to land donor families.

He added that another HRDD circular in 2016 mentioned that land donors could not pressurize the government for regular jobs and this, he said, has suppressed the rights of more than 1000 land donor families.

Mr Rai mentioned that despite repeated assurances by the CM to provide regular jobs, no action has been taken and instead, such circulars are being issued. He informed that at present, members of land donor families have been serving as peon, safai karmachari and night guard on temporary basis on Rs 9,000 per month salaries.

Likewise, the association’s treasurer, Dinesh Chettri stated that they have given their ancestral land for the school so the government should give job security to such families. He also demanded a clarification on the government’s decision to stop giving regular jobs to land donor families.