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PDCS Applauds Sikkim Govt for Supporting Persons with Disabilities

PDCS Applauds Sikkim Govt for Supporting Persons with Disabilities
PDCS executives thanking Govt for relaxing Regularisation norms

Gangtok: The Persons with Disabilities Community of Sikkim (PDCS) has expressed its deep appreciation to Chief Minister PS Golay and the State government for their decision to regularise employees with disabilities who have completed five years of service as temporary, muster roll, and adhoc workers.

During a press conference held on Thursday, PDCS executives also extended their gratitude to Social Welfare Minister Sanjeet Kharel and the department for issuing the notification on June 8 that allows for the regularisation of service for persons with disabilities (PWDs) who have reached the benchmark of five years of employment.

PDCS President Sonam Diki Bhutia described the State government’s notification as “a just delivery of rights to PWDs in the State,” emphasizing that it addresses the needs of PWDs with benchmark disabilities exceeding 40%.

Bhutia further explained that the PDCS had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister in 2021, requesting the relaxation of regularisation norms for PWDs to a five-year requirement, which has now been fulfilled through the notification issued on June 8.

Established in 2019, the PDCS aims to work for the welfare of all persons with disabilities in Sikkim. The organization has been actively conducting awareness camps in schools and colleges, as well as celebrating important calendar events for PWDs.

Shiyon Lepcha, General Secretary of PDCS, highlighted that the organization had submitted a memorandum with 22 grievances, of which two significant issues have been resolved. These include the creation of gazetted posts for PWDs and the reduction of the service requirement for regularisation to five years.

Expressing appreciation for the efforts made by the current government, Lepcha stated that under the leadership of Chief Minister Golay, numerous facilities have been extended for the welfare and development of PWDs in the state.

Looking ahead, the PDCS plans to organize an open sports meet for PWDs in Sikkim and is seeking sponsorship support. The organization aims to showcase and nurture the talents of PWDs, enabling them to bring recognition to the state and the nation in the future.

PDCS’s South District Coordinator, Shivam Kumar Chettri, and Soreng District Coordinator, Sandeep Rai, also conveyed their gratitude to the Chief Minister and the State government for the facilities provided to PWDs in Sikkim.

According to the organization, PDCS currently has over 200 members. They are actively working to enroll all PWDs in the state, with the 2011 Census indicating that there are approximately 1,800 PWDs in Sikkim.

Also Read: All Block Administrative Centres in Sikkim to Establish Public Grievance Cells: CM

Gangtokian Web Team, 16/06/23

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