Transport Dept temp employees proposal to review their appointments

Gangtok, 27 Feb:

Temporary employees under Transport Department arrived at Tashiling Secretariat here on Thursday to register their protest against the proposal of the Department to review the appointment of temporary employees appointed between 2014-19 and terminate appointments where laid down procedure may not have been followed

This proposal had surfaced on social media networks and led to much speculation and consternation. A Transport Department note sheet in this regard was uploaded on some Facebook pages yesterday and soon went viral.

Today, more than a hundred temporary employees of Transport Department gathered at Tashiling Secretariat to meet Transport Minister, Sanjeet Kharel, and voice their misgivings about this latest development.

It is informed that a delegation met the Minister for a short time before he left for a Cabinet meeting.

Speaking to media persons, the protesting employees stressed that the proposal in question should be taken back immediately.

“We have requested the Minister to withdraw the proposal and received a positive assurance from him so we are hopeful for a positive result. We and our families still have hope and belief in the Chief Minister,” he said.

Following today’s incident, the government has also issued strict directions to government employees against leaking government documents.

A Circular issued by the Department of Personnel Principal Secretary today warns that “henceforth, if any Government is found to have been circulated by anyone from the Department of Personnelon purpose or it gets leaked under his/ her Charge even unwittingly, the concerned Government employee will be held responsible…”

The Circular warns of disciplinary proceedings and stringent action against such personnel on being found guilty.

The Circular opens with the observation that confidential documents are being photographed either by DoP personnel or people from outside are being allowed to do so and that when these are circulated on social media bereft of context and sometime prematurely, the Department and officers are subjected to unfair criticism.

“Such action is unbecoming of a Government employee and it has been viewed seriously,” the Circular states.