SKM’s one year of state governance

People need to understand that the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha is a new-born government and has just completed one year of state governance and has faced numerous challenges, the greatest challenge being that of the Coronavirus disease.
There have been numerous deconstructive criticisms regarding the government’s inefficiency, regarding both:

  1. Handling of the COVID 19 situation.
  2. Fulfilment of promises.
    • People need to understand that in one year of SKM’s governance, it has had only around 6 months to function properly as a government.
    • Around October 2019, by-elections were held in Sikkim and in January 2020 the Coronavirus pandemic took over India leaving very little time for the government to function smoothly, thus in 6 months of its actual state governance, it has had very little experience in spite of which it has done a great job in not only handling the Coronavirus pandemic in the state but has also done good work in the other fields in a very short span of time.
    • In its actual 6 months of state governance here is a list of SKM’s achievements:
  3. Disbursements of pending Pay Fixation Arrears for government employees.
  4. Enhanced the salary of MGNREGA from ₹177 to ₹320 for semi-skilled workers and ₹ 335 for skilled workers.
  5. Approval of the government for the appointment of 170 numbers of Sanskrit Graduate Teachers in all Secondary and Senior Secondary schools in the state under Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan.
  6. Regularization of Service of 382 employees of National Health Mission for all categories.
  7. The bus conductor of SNT has now started getting a seat in a bus which was deprived earlier.
  8. Weekly permit is introduced for the taxi on payment of Rs. 100/= (Rupees one hundred), however, the taxi used to get one day permit with the same fee.
  9. Granted option of graceful retirement to all the officers who were given Extension/Re-employment.
  10. The departments have been directed for shifting of Government Offices running in private buildings to Government-owned premises.
  11. Replaced Special Task Force by IRB and Sikkim Police for the security of Hon’ble Chief Minister.
  12. Removed pilot vehicles which were assigned to the Ministers except Dy. Speaker, Speaker and the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
  13. Replaced expensive vehicle with Scorpio for the use of Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers.
  14. Disbursement of land compensation of Pakyong Airport Victims.
  15. Omitted prefixed “Junior” word of regularized employees (Regularization after completion of 15, 10 & 5 yrs) in the previous government.
  16. Regularization scheme of 8 years for employees under Work Charged, Muster Roll, Adhoc, belonging to ‘C’ and ‘D’ category including Home Guards.
  17. Sikkim Suswastha Bima Yojana for Government Employees (five dependent will be benefited under single employee, total 06 inclusive of the employee himself or herself). Under this insurance, beneficiaries will get cashless medical facility/coverage up to Rs 20,00,000 twenty lakh (Max) and Rs 10 Lakh (Min).
  18. Sikkim Government auctioned previous government purchases Luxury Vehicles.
  19. Regularized 279 Ad-hoc SSA/RMSA Non-Teaching employees of Education Department.
  20. Restored discontinued scholarships for students of Dzongu, North Sikkim.
  21. Declared 2nd Saturday and 4th Saturday as a gazetted holiday.
  22. Declared incentive amount of ₹8/- per litre on the price of milk as Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Milk Producing farmers of Sikkim.
  23. Declared additional ₹ 500/- per month will pay to all Old Age pensioners.
  24. Establishment of first VRDL (Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory) at Sochyagang STNM Multispecialty Hospital.
  25. Kidney Dialysis Units installed in Gyalshing and Namchi District Hospitals.
  26. Rapid Antigen Test Centre established in Rangpo.
  27. No viva voce for Group C and D recruitments,
  28. Interviews to be replaced by classroom demonstrations for teachers
  29. Subordinate service such as police constables, forest guards etc. will be selected through written and physical examinations
  30. Reinstate 124 Sanskrit Teachers in their respective services.
  31. Government has given approval to regularize the services of GRS, APO and other 143 Employees under MGNREGA.
  32. Chief Minister Shri P. S. Golay sponsors Sikkim Manipal Swasthya Suraksha scheme for 1202 families which covers around 4900 needy people. Under this scheme, the families can avail free treatment up to 1 lakh rupees for one whole year, at Manipal Hospital. More families will be added to the scheme in the coming days.
  33. As per the latest data released by the Health Department out of 579 total cases 186 patients have recovered and discharged thus taking the recovery rate to an impressive 32%.
  34. So far more than 22,000 testing has been conducted and all expenses have been borne by the State Government while in other States are paying 2k to 2.5k ₹ just for the tests and not to mention lakhs of rupees for the treatment.
  35. In a short span of time i.e., 24 days the State Government has established a VRLD lab despite a great challenge of procuring logistical apparatus.
  36. Sikkim is the only state in the country to offer free quarantine for the returnees with all facilities for almost 10k returnees thus far.
  37. Reaching out to Sikkimese either studying or working outside the State and evacuating them from major cities, with all expenses paid despite challenges.
  38. End of VIP culture
  39. Freedom of Press and Media.
  40. Transparency reports of CMs relief fund.
  41. Respecting the opposition and including opposition MLAs in important government meets, working of opposition and position in Harmony.
  42. Birth of Dynamic politics after SKM came into power.
    Hence in just 6 months of SKM’s actual governance with minimal experience, it has done more work than any other government has done in 6 months but in spite of receiving appreciation all, it has received in deconstructive criticism.
    People of Sikkim need to be wise while processing the criticisms, people should appreciate the good and provide Constructive criticism and should not process Deconstructive criticism.

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