State-level Teachers’ Day celebration at Manan Kendra
GANGTOK: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Wednesday shared the State government’s stand on pending service regularisation demand of the adhoc teachers.
Addressing the State-level Teachers’ Day celebration at Manan Kendra organised by the HRD department, the Chief Minister announced promotions of the teachers upon reaching the qualifying years for promotion.
On the demand for service regularisation by the adhoc teachers, Chamling informed that the State government is bound to follow Central rules as education is a concurrent subject and at the same time, also work within purview of Article 19 of the Indian constitution. Keeping these three things in mind and not violating them, we will work for your service regularisation, he said assuring service regularisation to those adhoc teachers who fulfil the criteria.
The Chief Minister sought cooperation from the adhoc teachers so the State government can come up with a strong ground for their service regularisation which can pass scrutiny of the courts also. He also mentioned about the demand for health and other benefits from regularised Sarva Siksha Abiyan teachers at par with the regular government teachers. I announce to fulfil this demand also, he said.
On a lighter note, Chamling said opposition parties these days are carrying on their backs those people who are disgruntled with the government. The opposition parties are not carrying you to uplift you but to throw you on the ground, they will not make you cross the hurdle but rather throw you on the ground, he said.
Chamling also assured support from the State government for eligible candidates during the recruitment of lecturers for higher education for which interviews would be conducted by the SPSC.
The Chief Minister announced a Sikkim Students Welfare Board that will assist students facing emergency situations. He announced a grant of Rs. 1 crore for this year to the board. The amount will be used by the board to help our students who are facing serious problems and also to sponsor poor students, he said.
Chamling further announced a senior citizens board in Sikkim.
On Pay Committee issue, Chamling said: “I will say only this much…the scale and salaries increased for our government employees are higher than other States and Centre.” He added that the Sikkim government employees do not have to pay income tax as Sikkim Subject holders are exempted from paying income tax. This means that during their entire service period, a government employee is saving minimum of Rs. 50 lakh by being exempted from income tax, he added.
In his around two and half hours long speech, the Chief Minister also touched upon the Revenue Order No 1 and the demand for inclusion of Sherpa land in this old law of 1917.
There is politics going around stating that Sherpa land should also be brought under Revenue Order No. 1 but even the Indian government cannot do this…such unconstitutional talks are taking place in Sikkim, said Chamling. He urged the teachers to spread the correct facts to the people on this issue.
Chamling stressed that Revenue Order No. 1 is an old law of Sikkim and should not be viewed in the same context of ST Order of 1978 which brought Sherpa and other communities under the Bhutia definition for contesting in the 12 BL Assembly seats.
We should not view these two laws in the same platform, both are separate but people are being misguided by bringing both the laws into one place, said Chamling.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister handed away the 1st Guru Siromani award, constituted by the HRD department, to Chumzay Nangpa. She was presented with a shawl, citation and a cash prize of Rs. 75,000.
The trophies for the best preforming schools went to Singtam SSS, Sonam Choda Lepcha Memorial SS, Dethang JHS and Ramidham PS.
The Swacha Vidalaya Puraskar 2017-2018 were presented to Sonam Choda Lepcha Memorial SS, Singpheng PS, Buriakhop SSS, Melli SS, Maniram SS, Bermiok Tokal SSS, Lower Burtuk JHS and Reshi PS.
Chamling also released books including Zero Investment Innovation handbook and presented basic literacy programme certificates to adult learners. He also launched Scholr, a learning app for Sikkim students and also launched the website of Sikkim State University.
Source: Sikkim Express