These welfare initiatives not only address employment concerns but also showcase the government's commitment...
Digital Desk: Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang has announced a significant move ahead of the state assembly elections – the restoration of the Old Pension System (OPS) for government employees appointed on or after April 1, 2006. This decision, a first in the Northeast region, is outlined in the Sikkim Services (Pension) Rules, 1990, benefiting employees appointed on or before March 31, 1990.
The restoration of OPS, announced during the State Level Temporary Employees' Convention at Public Ground Rangpo on February 9th, reflects the government's commitment to addressing employee welfare. This strategic move is part of a series of announcements aimed at connecting with voters and gaining support as the elections approach.
Among the key measures is the amendment to policies concerning the regularization of temporary employees. The Department of Personnel has issued a notification indicating that services of temporary employees with benchmark disabilities, serving continuously for two years or more in a specific post, may now be considered for regularization in their respective departments.
Additionally, another significant change involves the amendment to the government's previous notification on the regularization of temporary employees. Under the revised clause, services of temporary employees serving continuously for four years or more in various capacities, including Work-charged, Muster Roll, Adhoc, and Consolidated Pay, may now be considered for regularization.
These welfare initiatives not only address employment concerns but also showcase the government's commitment to inclusive policies. As Sikkim becomes the first Northeastern state to reinstate the OPS, the political landscape is undoubtedly influenced by these proactive measures, setting the stage for a dynamic election season.