Weekend holiday regime shrunk to two Saturdays a month

Gyalshing, 14 Jan:

Chief Minister PS Tamang [Golay] today announced that only second and last Saturdays of the month would remain government holidays.

The State government, he explained, has decided to end the five-day work-week regime after realizing that some government employees were taking unnecessary advantage out of the system. The SKM Government, it may be recalled, shortly after coming to office, had declared all Saturdays as holidays to offer government servants two days off every week for “care and cure.”

Six months down the line, it has had a rethink.

"The state government has decided to revoke all Saturdays as holidays keeping only two Saturdays a month [second and last] as holidays because some government employees were found utilizing the facility given in the form of the government holidays to gain unwanted advantages," he said.

The CM was speaking at a Limboo new year - 'Kokphekwa Tongnam' - celebration organized here at Lingchom Government Senior Secondary School ground on Tuesday.

He went on to claim that the SKM government has ensured secular values and provided freedom to all communities of the state to practice, propagate and promote their cultural heritage.

He went on to allege that the SDF government had politicized community-based initiatives, adding that such influence will not be encouraged or endorsed by the SKM government and communities need not ask for government permission to organize community-based events.

He informed that the state government is providing Rs 5 lakh financial support for such community-based programmes.

He went on to allege that Limboos of the State were betrayed by the SDF government and accused it of indulging in rampant corruption in the Srijunga statue project at Hee-Gaon. The inauguration of an incomplete project by the SDF government was an eyewash prior to elections.

He assured to complete the project and announced that the harvest festival of the Limboo community, 'Chasok Tongnam,' will be declared as a government holiday.

He further announced that the state government will regularize the services of MR and adhoc employees who have completed eight years of service as on 31 Dec, 2019.

Accusing the SDF government of treating MR and adhoc employees unfairly, the CM assured that under the SKM government, such employees will not have to wait in queues to clear their files in government offices.

The CM stressed that facilities meant for the underprivileged should reach to them and if the better-heeled section was siphoning away these benefits, strong action will be taken against them.

President of the festival organizing committee, Purna Bir Limboo, in his address, informed that 'Kokphekwa Tongnam' marks the beginning of the Limboo New Year.