“Sikkim State Public Services Act 2006 in itself violative of Rule 4/4”
Gangtok, 22 Jan:
“In an attempt to save SKM party and Government from public embarrassment, Political Secretary Jacob Khaling is unashamedly lying to Sikkimese people about the appointment of non-Sikkimese Sunil Saraogi as non violative of Rule 4/4,” Passang Sherpa [Coordinator, I Am 371F Campaign] has said in a press release today.
Mr Sherpa has alleged that the appointment of Sunil Saraogi goes against Rule 4/4 of the Sikkim Government Establishment Rules of 1974, an old law protected under Article 371F of the Constitution.
In response, Mr Khaling had stated on Tuesday that the appointment was made under the Sikkim State Public Services Act 2006.
To this, Mr Sherpa has said that Sikkim State Public Services Act 2006 in itself is violative of Rule 4/4 of the Sikkim Government Establishment Rules of 1974.
“Jacob Khaling and SKM Party should be reminded that Sikkim State Public Services Act 2006 in itself is violative to Rule 4/4 of the Sikkim Government Establishment Rules of 1974 and on the basis of which, SKM leadership including Chief Minister PS Golay and senior minister Kunga Nima Lepcha had vehemently protested the appointment of one Anita Gupta as an OSD during SDF regime. It is worth recalling here that the appointment of Anita Gupta was also made possible because of the same Act which Jacob Khaling is referring to,” the release states.
Mr Sherpa adds that SKM had promised Sikkimese people that non-Sikkimese appointment in any government post will be stopped and the violation of Rule 4/4 will be rectified when they come to power.
However, right after forming the Government they appointed a non-Sikkimese Sunil Saraogi as an OSD misusing the very act which they promised to rectify, he mentions.
Regarding the Motor Vehicle Act, Mr Sherpa has called it unfortunate that Jacob Khaling is blaming the previous regimes for the implementation of the Act in Sikkim.
“He should be aware that Sikkimese people voted SKM to power with a hope that they will rectify the mistakes of previous governments and deliver justice to the people,” Mr Sherpa has said in the press release.
Instead of rectifying those mistakes, the SKM government seems to have found a way to blame previous governments to hide their inefficiency and incompetence, he alleges.
He has condemned the Central Act being implemented in the State without being discussed in the State Assembly.
According to Mr Sherpa, this has now opened the door for other central acts to easily be implemented bypassing the State Assembly.