Govt to expedite police action on CMO missing files case

Termination of services of those on extension

Gangtok, 22 Jul:

The State Government has decided to “expedite police action” in the matter of files allegedly missing from the Chief Minister’s Office, an IPR press release informs. This was among various other matters discussed at a Cabinet meeting held today.

The Cabinet has taken “very serious view of the missing files in the erstwhile Chief Minister's Office or elsewhere,” the release states.

“As it was causing unwarranted distress to the persons concerned, it was decided to expedite Police action in the matter,” the Cabinet is reported to have resolved.

With regard to employees on service extension, it was decided that “services of those persons who had finished their tenure shall be terminated forthwith.”

Despite the introduction of five-day week, attendance and punctuality of government employees continues to disappoint, the Cabinet noted and directed Secretaries of all departments to “tighten their belts” and take necessary action against erring employees.

“It was also decided that no employee shall give a joint representation nor he/she will carry his/her own file. Assembly of such people in the corridors of Tashiling Secretariat will not be tolerated,” the release mentions. However, there are no further details given for this particular direction.

The meeting also discussed the explanatory memorandum, annual financial statement, estimate of receipt and the proposed demand for grant for the year 2019-2020 in detail. Deliberations were held on resources- tax and non-tax revenue, share of state in central taxes and grant-in-aid from Government of India under various CSS Schemes and Central Sector Schemes. The borrowing ceiling limit also came up for discussion.

Draft of Sikkim Appropriation Bill, 2019 was approved. Proposed provisions for Departments such as Agriculture, Buildings, HRDD, Forest, Health, Commerce and Industries, IPR, LRDM, Motor Vehicle, Power, Roads & Bridges, RMDD, Social Justice, Tourism & Urban Development were discussed and approved.

The Cabinet also took note of compliance of the earlier Cabinet decision of 15.07.2019 in respect of 8 to 10 Departments.