Gangtok, 11 Jun:
All Sikkim Adhoc Teachers & Temporary Employees Association [ASATTEA] has asserted that the State government should re-verify all beneficiaries of One Family One Job scheme and provide jobs only to genuine beneficiaries. The association also stated that jobs should be provided according to qualifications after proper verification.
Addressing a press conference here today, an executive member of ASATTEA, Yogesh Sharma, alleged that OFOJ appointments were made “randomly and without proper scrutiny” by the earlier government.
He further alleged that jobs were provided just for vote bank politics and OFOJ beneficiaries have been suffering due to such “random process”.
However, he assured that ASATTEA would always stand by these “suffering beneficiaries” to support their struggle for justice. On the same, he urged the government to undertake proper verification of all OFOJ beneficiaries and provide them jobs as per their qualifications.
“It is not good to pressurize the new government which is barely around 15 days old on this issue. They should be given time to work on this issue,” Mr Sharma said.
He also contended that the association has evidence that jobs were even provided to non-domicile Sikkimese and overage candidates and not as per their qualifications.
He further observed that if the government did not work on these serious issue, the matter could create more problems in the future.
Another executive member, Sonam Wangdi, echoed Mr Sharma’s sentiments and alleged that not all needy and genuine candidates received appointment letters under this scheme even as some privileged candidates were taken in.
He claimed that in many cases, jobs were given to candidates who already have government employees in their family and in some other cases, around 2 to 3 youth from the same family got a job under this scheme.
On behalf of the association, Mr Sharma congratulated the new government and expressed hope that the new government would listen to their issues as well and work in the interest of all adhoc teachers of the State.
He mentioned that the association has prepared a new memorandum covering all issues of adhoc teachers to be submitted to Chief Minister PS Tamang [Golay] upon his return from Delhi.
He informed that the association has already met some Ministers and also the Political Secretary to the CM, Jacob Khaling, and received positive assurances from them.
Another executive member, Rajesh Dahal mentioned that the association would also submit a formula for regularisation of adhoc teachers along with the memorandum to the government. He added that the association wants the regularisation of teachers on seniority basis in a phased manner.
Speaking on other issues, he mentioned that Human Resource Development Department ha