Gangtok Times Report
Gangtok, Feb 16
All Sikkim Government Employees Association [ASGEA] Group C & D has expressed gratitude to the State Government and the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for always working in the interest of the government employees. The association has expressed its gratitude to the CM for the prompt action in the approval and sanctioning of the Pay Committee Report and resolution on pay revision and for declaring holiday on every second Saturday.
Addressing a press conference here today, ASGEA general secretary, Rapden Bhutia thanked the State Government and the CM for taking prompt action in the interest of the government employees. He also thanked the CM for promotion of government employees in all levels, regularizations, for launching humanitarian scheme of One Family One Job and declaring four new government holidays by respecting the believe and sentiments of the people.
On the occasion, he also placed grievances of the government employees and stated that these are not new demands but were already apprised to the CM verbally and in written.
It is informed that as per fifth pay commission, the House Rent Allowance has been kept at rationalised rate of 12% within the state and Sikkim Border Compensatory Allowance at 8%. On the same, the association requested the government to keep the HRA at 15% within the State and SBCA be kept at 10% as earlier. He urged not to decrease HRA and SBCA if it cannot be enhanced as the fixation for 10 years.
Mr Bhutia mentioned that the grade-pay in different departments of C&D employees below UDC have not been redressed and appealed the government to review these differences. He added that while regularising service of adhoc and MR, the government has regularised them as Junior LDC, Junior Driver and others with low pay scale and grade pay. On the same, he requested to abolish the post junior and restore as LDC, driver and others with similar pay scale and grade pay. He also placed other demands of the association.
On the same, Mr Bhutia mentioned that the CM had given the verbal assurance and announced to constitute a sub-committee to resolve grievances but no action has been taken so far. He also urged the CM for the personal intervention for the early fulfilment of these demands.