Gangtok, 24 Jan:
Sikkim Berojgar Sangrash Samiti [SBSS] has thanked the State government for providing government jobs to the unemployed under the ‘One Family, One Job’ scheme during the recent Rojgar Mela. However, the organisation has demanded that the government give a written assurance on regularisation of employment after five years and about their salaries and other financial benefits.
Addressing a press conference here today, SBSS member Man Bahadur Karki from Yangang, who also got a job under this scheme, questioned the terms and conditions mentioned in the appointment letter provided to candidates under the OFOJ scheme.
He stated that the condition specifying that “the appointment is purely temporary and does not confer right to regular appointment” runs counter to the announcement that the employment will be regularised after five years.
On the same, he urged the government to give a proper, legally-binding written assurance for regularisation and not issue only verbal assurance.
While mentioning that the government has allocated funds in the supplementary budget to pay salaries to OFOJ employees only for two months, Mr Karki questioned this provision and said that many youth have left their private jobs and even studies for this job and deserved a more durable assurance.
Another member, Milan Gautam from Yangang mentioned that a circular from the Finance Department last year asked Heads of Departments not to engage extra manpower. On the same, he questioned how the government would provide salaries to these 20,000 youths.
He alleged that the government had distributed allotments of housing scheme and other benefits just before the 2014 elections, but had not honored the commitments later. “Jobs given under OFOJ scheme should not be like the benefits distributed just before 2014 election,” he said.
He also alleged that many genuine candidates have been left out of this scheme while many undeserving candidates who already have family members in government service were given appointment letters. He also stated that many candidates have not got jobs matching their qualifications.
Another member, Saraswati Sherpa, stated that OFOJ was a good scheme but the way of its execution has raised lots of doubts and confusion among youths.
“We are not protesting this scheme but we are just asking the government for better execution and scrutiny process before providing jobs,” she expressed.