One job for one family: Chief Minister inaugurates historic scheme

Report by: 
SUJAL PRADHAN
Gangtok
12 Jan 2019

The first ever Rojgar (Employment) Mela was held at Paljor Stadium today. This historic programme of the State Government under the “One Family One Job” scheme, ensures a job in the Government sector for one member from every family in the state who will be hired on a five-year ad hoc basis. Thereafter, they will be regularized according to the Sikkim Service Rules. These new recruits will be appointed in the Group C and Group D category. For Group D, the qualification required is Class IV and below Class X passed; and for Group C, all candidates have to be Class X passed and above.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling received a warm welcome by the crowd who cheered him vehemently, expressing their joy and happiness at the first-ever public implementation of such a policy.
He began his address by explaining the benefits of the policy and stating that this was a welfare measure for the Sikkimese people aimed at guaranteeing a safe and secure future for them. He exhorted the people to support the government in this cause and play their roles with responsibility. He also asked them to acknowledge the work done by the government in the last 24 years and to put their faith in the system.
He remarked on some of the evils of bureaucracy and administration like fiscal profligacy and the sense of entitlement, saying that the system needs to do away with such negative practices and adopt the principle of “Dignity of Labour” urging the public to respect the profession and post, stressing that no designation was too small or too big to contribute efficiently towards good governance and administration
He then spoke on the evolution of job transformation in the state citing examples of changes in sectors like Animal Husbandry and Farming. He said that perhaps Sikkim is the only state that continues to practise such traditional professions in the most lucrative manner in the 21st century. He also declared that all debts in the farming and agriculture sector would be waived in future.
The chief minister went on to explain the seriousness of unemployment and advised the gathering, particularly the youth, to explore innovative ideas and avenues referring to the success of Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs. He also spoke about companies like Uber and Airbnb that changed the scenario in transport and hospitality sector..
In terms of generating employment, the Chief Minister said that women must be kept at par for efficiency and endurance. He drew attention to  the importance of gender equality and said that the State Government had always worked towards empowering women so that they never have to compromise on their right to independence, freedom and security.
He asked the people to be wary of those provoking them towards creating communal conflict.  He spoke about the benefits that the government has acquired for every ethnic community, including the business community.
Earlier, the Chief Minister distributed appointment letters among two individuals  from each of the constituencies. About 12,000 youth received their appointment orders today as new recruits in the State Government, with Dzongu in North Sikkim having the highest number (496). The Chief Minister promised  that those who did not receive their orders today would receive one in the coming days