STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Gangtok, 25 October
The Congress&’s trade union affiliate, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has demanded implementation of the Trade Union Act in Sikkim to ensure the workers of the state enjoy their rights and get justice.
Stating that the existing employees associations are not acting in the interests of the state&’s workers, Mr RK Bhatt, a veteran INTUC leader, today said the Trade Union Act should be implemented in Sikkim in its true spirit to make sure that the aspirations of thousands of the state government employees are fulfilled.
“INTUC seeks to build a bridge between the Centre and the state government regarding the interests of the workers,” he said while addressing media persons today.
He further said that the house rent allowances (HRA) should be commensurate with the price hike index in a hilly state like Sikkim. “Besides, 50 per cent of Dearness Allowance should be merged with the basic salary of the employees as per the 6th Pay Commission&’s recommendations,” Mr Bhatt also said.
Lending support to the stir being staged by the
ad-hoc teachers, Mr Bhatt  said that they should be regularised.
He also added that the ad-hoc teacher recruitment policy is riddled with irregularity,  favouritism and nepotism.