SDF tears into SKM Govt’s claims, advises it to focus on administration and not victimisation

Gangtok, 30 Jun:

Sikkim Democratic Front party spokesperson, Avinash Yakha, today alleged that the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Government has been working against its promises made to the people in the run-up to the elections. He advised that the SKM government start working to fulfill its promises instead of misleading people with claims of false achievements. The SDF comments were clearly in response to claims by the State Government on what it has achieved in the one month that it has been in office.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Yakha alleged that the SKM government has failed to fulfill any of the promises it had earlier assured to deliver within one month of forming the government.

Instead, what the SKM Government has remained busy with was victimization of government employees and organizing deputations and extensions of government employees.

He also tore into the SKM spokesperson, Political Secretary to the CM, Jacob Khaling’s speech delivered at an SKM meeting in East Sikkim yesterday.

“We had expected the SKM spokesperson to talk about the one month that SKM has been in office, but his speech was full of political rhetoric aimed to spread panic and fear and level allegations and accusations,” he said.

On the same, he warned, “If Jacob Khaling is not able to give proof of his allegations against me within one week, then I will file a defamation case against him.”

The SDF spokesperson informed that there were reports of attacks on more than 400 houses, damage and torching of 320 vehicles and physical attacks on 32 persons by SKM supporters since it formed the Government.

He added that there has been no action from the Governor despite submission of the memorandum by SDF legislators.

He rues that police stations have not taken any action except in a few cases.

Mr Yakha appealed that the Governor should intervene and use his powers to maintain peace and security in the State.

He alleged that the people of State have been terrorized but the State government has remained totally silent on it.

He added that the Chief Secretary, DGP and the administration should make concerted efforts to normalise the law & order situation in the State.

On the issue of SPG protection to the SDF President, former CM Pawan Chamling, he informed that after formation of the government for the first time in 1994 with 19 seats, the SDF government provided pilot and Z-Category security cover to the then opposition leader Nar Bahadur Bhandari.

He added that SKM government has failed to provide security to a former CM.

He also informed that the party has not submitted any memorandum for SPG cover with the Home Ministry but it has still been provided by the Centre understanding the contributions of a senior leader of the country.

On the same, he urged SKM and its government not to misguide the people on the issue and start working for the people instead.

He also alleged that SKM has started collecting ‘Chanda’ [donations] from the people and also took potshots at Chief Minister PS Tamang for holding a meeting in a hotel in Siliguri on Saturday.

He urged central and state agencies to investigate this matter.

SDF South District president, Ganesh Rai, in turn stated that SDF had not asked the State government to give a list of its achievements.

“We will seek the SKM government’s achievements after completion four and half years, i.e. if it remains in power that long. At present, SKM has not even been able to control its MLAs,” he said.

He also questioned the government’s decision to make Saturdays holidays at schools and commented that while a 5-day week was good for the staff of the school, it was not advisable for students.

He informed that as per the Right To Education Act, the minimum number of working days for primary schools was 200 and a minimum of 220 for above primary. He added that despite increasing school hours, it will be not meet the criteria so this decision will imperil the future of students.

Mr Rai questioned the government on how this benefit of ‘care and cure’ will cover medical and police personnel and field employees of Forest Department.

On the same, he alleged that this benefit has been covering few sections of employees but not all of them.

He alleged that Sikkim Police has a good name in the country, but this has been tarnished in the last one month due to politicisation of the force.

He further alleged that the people of Sikkim have lost faith in the police in light of its failure to check the deteriorating law and order situation in the State.