Govt blinks, withdraws OFOJ cancellations

Gangtok, 19 Jun:

A little over a fortnight since joinings by candidates appointed under the One Family, One Job scheme during model code of conduct were cancelled, the State Government today decided to accept the joining of all such candidates.

The Chief Secretary conveys this in a circular issued today, directing all Secretaries to accept the joining of candidates who had reported for duty on or before 31 May 2019.

This move, the Circular informs, is an “interim measure, subject to thorough review of their appointments by the District Level Committees.”

While the latest Circular comes from the Chief Secretary, the circular arguing that joinings while MCC was in effect were illegal hence cancelled, had been issued by the Secretary, Department of Personnel.

Almost immediately, Departments had started laying off such employees, most of whom were from the second OFOJ list. The affected youth had protested and have been demanding that if the appointments were to be scrutinized, it should be done while they were still in service and so summarily removed from service.

Most OFOJ employees have also not been receiving their salaries on a regular basis with many of those in the second list not having received any thus far.