3000 workers registered so far, process not mandatory for CoI holders


Gangtok, 29 Jun:

Secretary to Labour Department, Namrata Thapa asserted that the complete database of individual workers working in the State would help the government to formulate schemes and policies for them.

The Secretary was referring to the ongoing exercise of detailed data collection and registration of individual workers on the basis of the recently passed Sikkim Labour (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2021 in the State Assembly. She mentioned that the process is currently being carried out only in the Gangtok Municipal Corporation area and around 3000 workers have already been registered so far. She thanked the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Ward Councilors of GMC for their full support in the process.

Ms Thapa further stressed that registered workers would be able to take full advantage of various schemes and programmes of the Centre and the State government. She added that the government would be able to work effectively in the interest of workers especially during natural disasters and calamities if it has detailed database of workers.

While mentioning that there was some confusion on whether voters of Sikkim need to register themselves, the Secretary clarified that as per the provisions of the Act it is optional for workers holding COI and voters of Sikkim. It is mandatory for workers coming from outside the State, she added.

However, she added that only registered workers would be eligible to enjoy various welfare schemes and benefits of the Centre and the State.

The database of workers would help the government to formulate schemes and programme as well as to provide assistance and relief to workers during disasters and calamities, said Ms Thapa.

She also listed out series of schemes and programmes of the government for the workforce in organised and unorganized sectors.

GMC Mayor, Nell Bahadur Chettri expressed gratitude to the State government for passing an important bill in the state assembly in the interest of the people. He added that this act was a big achievement of the State government.

He alleged that some anti-social elements have been trying to misguide the people on this act and urged the people not to listen to such elements.

The Mayor mentioned that the state government faced some obstacles in distributing relief and assistance during the lockdown due to the absence of the exact data of workers in the State. He also reiterated that the database of workers would help the government to work in their interest.

Responding to media queries, the Secretary said, “There was some confusion among the people as the process is in its very initial phase and I am very hopeful that people will understand and come forward themselves for registration.”

The press conference was also addressed by Deputy Mayor, Tshering Palden Bhutia and Additional Labour Commissioner, DS Kunwar and Joint Labour Commissioner II, Tashi Wangmu Sherpa.