Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling launched the One Family One Job scheme in Gangtok, on Saturday, that provides a government job to every family in the state. At a "Rojgar Mela" (employment fair) organised at the Paljor stadium, over 12,000 unemployed youths were given appointment letters. However, the letters were awarded only to members of those families which do not have a government job at present.
The scheme was announced by the Chief Minister last year during the winter session of the State Assembly. It entitles one government job for every family in the state.
The task of providing employment was entrusted to the Department of Personnel.
Mr Chamling also announced that over 25,000 unregularised government employees would also be regularised within 2019 according to their seniority. "Sikkim has become the first state in the country to carry out such an exclusive programme for the people who would now be entitled to state government employee benefits," he said. As of now, the state government has over 1 lakh regularised employees on its rolls from a population of just 6.4 lakh.
Sikkim is the only state that earmarks 70 per cent of its revenues towards salaries for state government employees, making it the only state in the country that gives the highest salaries to state government employees, the Chief Minister said.