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GANGTOK | October 6, 2018:
The pharma and other private companies operating in Sikkim today have been directed by the State Labour Department to submit a compliance report within a week on the 90% local employment rule of the State government.
State Labour secretary L.P. Chettri issued the directive during a meeting of the Labour and Commerce & Industries departments with representatives of the pharma and other private industries at the auditorium of Tourism department, Tadong.
Earlier this August, the State government had amended the existing Labour rules and notified 90% local employment preferentially in the private sector along with to and fro conveyance to the workers and annual increments based on their performance, among other facilities.
To reiterate these rules, the State Labour and Commerce & Industries department had called for a meeting today with the senior executives of the pharma and private companies operating in Sikkim.
Labor minister D.D. Bhutia, Commerce & Industries minister Ugen T Gyatso Bhutia, senior officers of the two departments and representatives of the pharma and private companies attended the meeting.
Before the meeting started, the ministers expressed their displeasure on seeing that only low-level executives of the pharma companies have turned out for the meeting although senior officials and heads of the companies had been invited for the meeting.
Labor secretary L.P. Chettri, addressing the inaugural session, said it was unfortunate to see the low turnout and the presence of low-level representatives from the companies for the meeting. I do not think the objective of the meeting would be fulfilled, he said.
Chettri said the government has already circulated the recent notification for 90% local employment in private companies along with other facilities for the workers. We have not got the response from the private companies, he said. He directed the companies to submit a compliance report within a week to the State government. He said the notification has to be implemented by the private companies in letter and spirit.
Speaking to media, Labour minister D.D. Bhutia shared that Chief Minister Pawan Chamling had directed the departments to hold meetings with the pharma companies for local employment in their companies. There was an absence of higher level officials of the companies today and we have postponed the meeting and let the representatives talk with the secretaries of the two departments, he said.
Source: Sikkim Express