Meghalaya: NGEA criticises CM's claim of clearing GHADC salaries



The Non-Gazetted Employees Association (NGEA) recently criticised Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma's claim that the National People's Party (NPP)-led Executive Committee in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) had cleared more salaries than before.

"When the term of the last executive committee of the Congress ended, there were only six months of pending dues in terms of salaries. When the NPP came to the GHADC, they completely neglected to pay salaries and left us with 26 months of pending salaries," said NGEA president Senora Johny Arengh.

The NGEA questioned Sangma's silence on the matter, stating that the sudden claim seems to aim at the upcoming elections to the GHADC on April 9.


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"The CM has been silent but suddenly woke up on the issue of salary, claiming that his Government had cleared the salary of the employees of GHADC for many months just because election to GHADC is coming," joint secretary Flaming Marak said.

"If CM is so serious on the payment of salary to GHADC, why was he silent for many years when more than 25 employees of GHADC died due to non-payment of salary?" Marak asked.

"If he (Sangma) was so concerned about the payment of salaries, why was he not arranging the money to pay them and also not releasing the pending Rs 55 crore due to the GHADC by the state government?" the NGEA asked.


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"He wants to ask votes from the common man by talking about the issue of non-payment of salary and claiming that his NPP party was able to clear the salary. It is unacceptable and condemnable. Last year we were promised two months salaries in December, but we are yet to receive the amount in our accounts. These are total lies, and they have cheated the employees of the GHADC by making false promises," alleged the NGEA members.

Last week, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had said that the delay in the payment of salaries to GHADC staff was due to liabilities that had accumulated over the years.

"In fact, if you look at the records, during the period when the NPP took over, we have been able to clear (the) salaries compared to (the situation) before we took over. It is an important issue, and we are trying our best to resolve this problem," Sangma had said.

(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)

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