Bill tabled to ensure local employment in private sector

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Gangtok, Mar 7 (UNI) Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today tabled a Bill in the Assembly providing for 95 per cent employment in all vacant posts to the local populace in the private sector enterprises in the state.

It has been considered expedient to enact the legislation for the promotion of employment of local people in different organisations, Mr Chamling said.

Sikkim Promotion of Local Employment Bill was introduced on the third day of the ongoing budget session in the House.

The companies registered under Registration of Companies Act, Sikkim 1961 or Companies Act of 1956 having their operational unit in the state and organisations, including private institutions, hotels, shops, factories or manufacturing units or industry having more person or employing more than ten persons comes under this Bill.

The targeted beneficiaries have been defined as those possessing Certificate of Identification or Sikkim Subject Certificate in the Bill.

A designated authority would be overseeing the implementation of the Bill once it becomes an Act. Discussions and voting on the Bill will take place on Monday.

The Chief Minister had repeatedly appealed to the private sector and all tourism stakeholders to recruit only the local people.

In today's proceedings, MLA A S Barialy highlighted the need for providing employment to the people of the state.

The Labour Protection (Amendment) Bill has already been passed in the Assembly yesterday.

Labour Minister D T Lepcha said the amendment will empower the department to monitor the non-locals working in the state.

''We will be issuing identity cards to the labourers coming to Sikkim informing their permanent address and character certificates,'' he said.

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