History of The Candidate
Prem Singh Tamang, better known as P. S. Golay, is an Indian politician and the current Chief Minister of Sikkim and leader and founder of the Sikkim KrantikariMorcha (SKM). Prior to forming the party, he was a key member of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) Party.
Golay was born to Kalu Singh Tamang . He hails from Singling Busty, West Sikkim. He graduated with a degree in Bachelors of Arts from Darjeeling Government College in 1988.[ His son is politician Aditya Tamang, who is also a member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly from Soreng-Chakung.
In 1990, he was appointed a graduate teacher under the HRD Department in the Government of Sikkim and served until 1993.
Due to his active interest in social work and politics, he resigned from government service and started participating in the political activities of SDF. As the SDF candidate in the Soreng-Chakung constituency, West Sikkim, he was elected to the Sikkim Legislative Assembly in 1994. During his affiliations with the SDF party, he served as State Youth Convener and Vice President.
Sikkim government career
He served in ministerial roles in the Sikkim government for three consecutive terms. From 1994 to 1999 as the Minister for Animal Husbandry, Ecclesiastical and Industry Department. From 1999 to 2004 as the Minister for Industries and Animal Husbandry. From 2004 to 2009 as the Minister for Building and Housing Department.
In 2009, after winning an election in the Burtuk Constituency, he was nominated as the Chairperson of Industries Department. However, he did not serve as chairperson. After establishment of his party Sikkim KrantikariMorcha, during 2014 he elected as MLA from Burtuk Constituency.
Sikkim KrantikariMorcha party
Golay became a dissident MLA of the SDF party after the Rolu Picnic event that was conducted by employees of Sikkim on 21 December 2009. The ruling party called a show-cause notice to the government workers who attended the Rolu Picnic.
Following this incident, Golay decided to found the Sikkim KrantikariMorcha, which opposed the SDF, on 4 February 2013 in Soreng, West Sikkim. On 6 September 2013 he officially resigned from all SDF party duties and became the president of the SKM party. During the election of 2014, the party gained ten of thirty-two seats in the Sikkim State Legislative Assembly under the leadership of Golay. Overall, in the 2014 election, Golay’s party shared 42% of total votes in Sikkim.
On 13 January 2017, he was disqualified from the Sikkim Legislative Assembly after being convicted on 28 December 2016 for misappropriating government funds while with the SDF between 1994 and 1999. In 2017, he became the main opposition leader of Sikkim, serving as a president of Sikkim KrantikariMorcha. During his release after conviction on 10 August 2018 witnessed massive gathering which is counted as highest ever gathering of any political event of Sikkim.
Chief Minister of Sikkim
Golay led the Sikkim KrantikariMorcha to victory in 2019 assembly elections winning 17 out of 32 seats in the legislative assembly which eventually ended the 24-year rule of the Pawan Kumar Chamling led Sikkim Democratic Front. In 24 May 2019, SKM spokesperson Jacob Khaling said Golay will head the government in the state however, according to constitutional experts, his conviction under the Prevention of Corruption Act might be a hindrance for him becoming the Chief Minister of Sikkim.
On 27 May 2019, Golay, who did not contest the legislative assembly polls, was sworn-in the 6th Chief Minister of the state of Sikkim.
All the Promises Made by The Party
SKM ELECTION MANIFESTO 2019FLAGSHIP PROGRAMS
Here are some of the major poll promises from the SKM as published in the party election manifesto…
Government Employment to All
All unemployed youth in Sikkim will be given a permanent government job within 100 days of SKM government. Those who do not get government job will be given Rs. 10,000 per month as unemployment stipend till they are appointed in government service. The party has done deep studies on how to manage fund resources on this in consultation with economist and experts.
Regularization of OFOJ appointees
After forming the SKM government, those hired under ‘One Family, One Job’ scheme as casual government workers will be regularized within 100 days. For this, a law will be framed and passed in the Legislative Assembly.
Rs. 5 lakh to female head of each family
An amount of Rs. 5 lakh will be deposited in the bank account of the female head of each family in Sikkim in a period of five years. A law will be made in the Legislative Assembly for providing this financial assistance to the family female head.
‘Care Dzongu Project’
Dzongu will be kept free from external intervention. The bio-diversity, culture and tradition of Dzongu will be protected and developmental measures would be undertaken.
Regularization of adhoc teachers
Those adhoc teachers working for five and more years would be made permanent teachers after giving one-time relaxation in NCTE criteria by the SKM government. Wages under ‘equal pay for equal work’ principle will be given to those adhoc teachers working for less than five years.
Pucca Houses for All
More than 30,000 families in Sikkim are living kutcha houses. The SKM government will build pucca houses for all these families by giving grant of Rs. 15 lakh to each. A colour TV and furniture will also be given.
Loans taken by the farmers and unemployed youths will be waived off up to Rs. 5 lakh. Their original documents mortgaged by the banks will be returned to them.
Restoring previous posts of regularized employees
Government casual workers who got regularized were demoted and recruited in lower posts with lesser salaries. The SKM government will restore the previous posts of these government employees.
No CAB in Sikkim
The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is fatal for Sikkim and the SKM government will not allow it to be implemented in Sikkim under any circumstances.
90% local employment
A law will be made mandating 90% local employment in the power projects, pharma factories and other companies operating in Sikkim. As per ‘equal pay for equal work’ directive of Supreme Court, the minimum salary of employees in these companies must be Rs. 20,000. The MoUs with the companies will be amended wherein the companies have to deposit the wages of the workers to the government. The government will then hand over the wages to the private company workers making them at par with government employees.
All Saturdays to be declared as government holidays in government establishments and private educational institutions also.
Soreng and Pakyong subdivisions to be upgraded as districts.
Special project to addressing the drinking water shortage in Namchi.
Rs. 300 daily wage for MGNREGA workers.
No registration fee for mutation of ancestral properties.
Haat Bazaars to be held on different days of a week in the bazaar areas of Sikkim.
The HRD department will be bifurcated to form separate secretariats of primary education and higher education. A State Education Board will be established.
The Rural Management and Development department will be bifurcated into two divisions.
Laptops will be given to students annually.
Viva test practise for government appointments will be scrapped. Only written test for government posts.
Colour TV for BPL families.
Minimum support prices for the farmers which will also give a rate of Rs. 50,000 per maund for large cardamom, Rs. 5,000 per maund for ginger and Rs. 3,000-Rs. 5,000 per hundred pieces of oranges grown in Sikkim.
National level football and cricket grounds in Sikkim. Well performing sportspersons in national level tournaments will be provided with monthly stipends. National players to be given opportunity to serve in Sikkim government in appropriate posts.
“Influx in Sikkim has increased vastly to tap into the employment sectors here. A Local Protection Act would be framed by the SKM government to stop influx and to secure the interests of the Sikkimese youth,” said SKM president P.S. Golay in the party’s election manifesto.
Golay said the ruling SDF party failed to bring the Local Protection Act despite being in government for past 25 years. He maintained that the SKM party is totally committed for protection of Article 371F, old laws, political rights of the Bhutia-Lepcha communities and Revenue Order No. 1.
The manifesto mentions that SKM delegations led by Golay had repeatedly gone to Delhi after 2014 and submitted memorandums to Central government for Limboo-Tamang seats reservation in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly. It is due to the unclear stand, doublespeak and incorrect documents from the SDF government that the Limboo-Tamang seats were not reserved, said the SKM.
“The SKM has managed to form good relations with the Centre who has assured to give early Limboo-Tamang seats once the SKM government is formed. We are committed towards Limboo-Tamang seats and will rest only after securing Limboo-Tamang seat reservation in the Assembly,” said Golay.
Golay also promised income tax exemption to the old business community. We will consult with the old business community and set up a cut-off year to get income tax exemption, he said.
After coming to power, the SKM party will remove all inconsistencies over the tribal status demand of the 11 left-out communities of Sikkim and deliver the ST status to them, said the SKM president. He also promised special provisions for protection of the Sherpa community lands and to work for restoration of the lost Nepali seats in the Assembly.