Gangtok, Mar 24: Several hundred protesters took part in the ‘March For Justice’ rally organized by opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) at the state capital today seeking immediate redressal of the long pending issues in areas like political, administrative, social and economy by the state government.
The rally started from 5th Mile, Tadong and ended at Zero Point (Bhanu Park) encircling the entire town, covering a distance of about 12 km.
The protestors demanded an immediate end on the practice of service extension and re-appointment of retired government officials, abolition of the contract labour system in private companies, implementation of the 5th Pay Commission and regularization of MR & Ad-Hoc employees.
The rally was led by SKM MLA cum Acting President Kunga Nima Lepcha and Sangha MLA Sonam Lama. State BJP President D.B. Chauhan also took part in the rally.
Addressing the gathering, K.N. Lepcha vowed to continue the fight for change and justice.
He also thanked the supporters for turning up in large numbers and shouldering the responsibility of fighting for the welfare and betterment of the State and its people.
Spokesperson Jacob Khaling rued the lack of employment opportunities for the educated youths in the state and criticized the practice of service extension to retired government officers.
“There is serious dearth of jobs for the educated youths in the state and even highly qualified youths are forced to work under muster roll and work charge which is a grave misfortune and injustice to them,” he asserted.
The party also submitted a 7 point memorandum to the Governor seeking his immediate intervention on the highlighted issues.
SKM CALLED ON GOVERNOR OF SIKKIM TO RAISE DEMANDS STRESSED DURING ‘MARCH FOR JUSTICE’
The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party delegation led by Acting President Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha meet Hon’ble Governer Shri Shriniwas Patil at Rajbhawan, Gangtok after completion of rally ‘March for Justice’ held on 24th March, 2018.The delegates placed following demands in front of the Governer and ask for his immediate intervention ;
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha organised a ‘March for Justice’ today i.e.March 23, 2018 that started at NH Saraswati Mandir to Zero Point Gangtok to protest such biased policies and misrules of the present government.
The rally was participated by large numbers of SKM supporters with following demands :
1. Service Extension and Re-Employment system must be terminated and those who are currently under such employment should be given immediate retirement. This will create more employment as well as there will be smooth cader based and timely promotions of Junior ranks.
2. Services of employees under MR, Ad-hoc, Contract, Co-terminus basis needs to be regularized immediately along with arrear grants.
3. Government has declared regularization of homegaurds who have completed 15 years of their services and accordingly inducting them into services such as peons and night-guards. But we demand that those who have completed 5 years of their service must also be regularized as well and be appointed in the post of constables directly.
4. Abolishment of Labour Contact System in all private companies thereby introducing Direct Recruitment Policy. Locals are mostly appointed into third and fourth grades with deplorable state of work culture in private establishments. State government must train our youths appropriately so as to enable them get appointed in top layer jobs in these private establishments.
5. Immediate call for interviews in all vacant positions in HRD and other departments thereby generating employment opportunities for educated unemployed youths.
6. Locals should be given utmost priority to run service industries like hotel, tourism and hospitality sectors. In addition, all government supply works should be awarded to the local youths.
7. Recently provided pilot escorts to Ministers are gross misuse of the state exchequer. This ill-culture must be ended immediately thereby diverting these lavish fund which otherwise is incurred into it to some public interest welfare measures.