P S Golay sworn in as Sikkim CM

P S Golay sworn in as Sikkim CM
Governor Ganga Prasad administers the oath to SKM President Prem Singh Tamang as the new Chief Minister of Sikkim during a swearing-in-ceremony.
Gangtok, May 27 | Publish Date: 5/27/2019 11:49:50 AM IST

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) president Prem Singh Tamang, popularly known as P S Golay, on Monday took oath as the chief minister of Sikkim.

Eleven SKM MLAs were also administered the oath by Governor Ganga Prasad at Paljor Stadium here. Bringing down the curtains on Pawan Kumar Chamling’s 24-year rule, Prem Singh Tamang, better known as P S Golay, emerged as the new satrap of Sikkim, when his party, the SKM, bagged 17 of the 32 assembly seats in the state in the just-concluded polls.

Once a founder member of the Chamling-led Sikkim Democratic Front, Golay had rebelled against the former chief minister and floated the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha in 2013, alleging corruption and misrule under his parent party.

Hundreds of SKM supporters who were at the stadium cheered the 51-year-old party chief when he was taking the oath in Nepali language.

Announces 5-day working week for govt employees

Newly-appointed Sikkim Chief Minister P S Golay Monday announced a five-day working week for state government employees. After taking charge of the office at Tashiling state secretariat, he also held a meeting with top government officials.

Talking to reporters after interacting with senior officials, Golay said there will be five-day working week for the government employees in Sikkim. 

“We have fulfilled one of our election promises to reduce the working week for government employees from six days earlier to five days,” he said. The government employees will get an additional day as holiday which they will use to take care of their health and that of their parents and family members, he said.

The chief minister also announced his ministers and MLAs, including himself, will use Scorpio vehicles instead of Fortuner SUVs which were being used by the elected representatives earlier. “For the time being we have no option but to use Fortuner SUVs, but we will use Scorpio vehicles once they are made available to us,” Golay said.

The SKM supremo had earlier accused the SDF government headed by his predecessor P K Chamling for “misusing public money”. Golay said the money saved on using less expensive vehicles like Scorpio will be used for betterment of the people of Sikkim.

In the introductory meeting with chief secretary, additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries and heads of department, the chief minister sought their cooperation and asked them to work collectively for the betterment of the state and its people.

He urged the entire government machinery to act as one family and support each other at every point of governance.

Golay said “good governance” initiated by the previous government will be continued and that the electoral fight against his predecessor Pawan Kumar Chamling was based solely on ideology, adding his government will always seek the latter’s advice for running the affairs of the state.

He also instructed the chief secretary, director general of police (DGP) and officials concerned to maintain law and order, and take necessary action irrespective of party affiliations of the accused. 

Earlier in the day, the 51-year-old SKM supremo was sworn in as the sixth Sikkim chief minister along with 11 ministers by the governor at a function at Paljor stadium.

The SKM, founded in 2013, won a slender majority in the 32-member Sikkim Legislative Assembly by bagging 17 seats against 15 won by the SDF. The Chamling government was ousted by the SKM after over 24 years rule.


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