Gangtok, 07 Feb:
“The previous Government had imposed the ‘Junior’ tag in various posts under various departments, just to take away their rights, benefits and to provide low salary,” alleged president of All Sikkim Government Group C&D 15,10,5 years regularized employees committee, PemaDoma Bhutia.
Speaking during a press conference today, Ms Bhutia said that due to pressure from the then Muster Roll and other Temporary employees, the State Government regularized these employees but downgraded their posts and denied them various facilities.
The junior tag was not only humiliating, it deprived us of our rights and benefits and even after being equivalent to other similar grade and rank employees, we were not treated as equals, she alleged.
“We suffered a lot during the tenure of the last Government and not only the association but some of us were targeted individually too,” saidMs Bhutia.
In this context, members of the association thanked the present Government and specially the Chief Minister for removing the ‘Junior’ tag from various posts.
The committee has also thanked DoPART, other Departments and the Chief Secretary.
It may be mentioned that the State Government had recently announced that posts with the prefix ‘Junior’ will cease to exist.
The committee has also welcomed the decision of providing health insurance to all government employees that covers more than 89,000 employees and 5 dependents. The committee has also welcomed the decision of regularizing employees who have completed 8 years and 5 years on 31 Dec 2018.
“We are thankful to the present government and the Chief Minister for fulfilling promises made before the elections and removing the Juniortag from our posts. It is indeed a New Year Gift for all of us from the New Government,” saidMs Bhutia.
On the other hand the decision and announcement of the State Government to give only Two Saturdays as Government Holidays has also been welcomed by the All Sikkim Government Group C&D 15,10,5 years regularized employees committee.
The committee has placed various demands on behalf of the employees which includes the re-introduction of Pension system in place of CPF, promotion for Work-charged employees, pay-band increase of employees above the grade of HR, Golden handshake or Retirement Package to Retired Work-charged employees and others.
The committee has also decided to organize a special program to thank the Chief Minister.
The conference also had the presence of executive members of the committee and representative from various districts.