From Our Correspondent, TNT News | Tura, March 27, 2018:
At a time when the employees of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) are yet to be paid for over a year now, allegations have been leveled against the previous EC for providing more jobs to supporters of various MDCs just prior to the resignation of the now former CEM, Boston Marak.
Questions have been raised by concerned citizens of the region over the alleged prevalence of nepotism in the council and the unethical procedures undertaken while recruiting people especially at a time when the council is faced with financial problems.
The GHADC has over the past 3 years been besieged by problems relating to non – payment of salaries after the former Congress led EC prior to elections diverted the money for contract payments instead of salaries. Most GHADC employees have not been paid salaries for over a year now.
The current situation in the GHADC, mainly brought about by greedy MDCs, has now put forward question as to when would it be enough.
“There are rumours that the CEM and others have sanctioned more posts when they aren’t even being able to pay the employees of the GHADC. We want to ask as to what has prompted them to do so. This is not only unethical but a huge burden to the precarious situation that the GHADC is in currently,” said AYC member, Maxbirth G Momin.
The NGO is readying itself to find out if more people have been recruited and how, through an RTI.
“The GHADC is currently facing a huge crisis mainly due to leakage of revenue as well as employee increase which it has not been able to manage. While the KHADC has been able to ensure work through only about 500 employees, the GHADC already has over 2000 employees. At the rate that they are ruining the Council, we may not have a Council to be proud of in the coming years. This is shameful,” added Momin.
The Congress led EC, led by Alphonse A Sangma too had resorted to a similar practice employing over 200 people into the GHADC just prior to elections in 2015. The overhead costs of the recruitment just on salaries at that point of time was close to an increase of 1 crore – pointing to just how much the GHADC has been ravaged by this callous attitude.
“Where is the revenue to deal with the shortfall? We are only relying on central doles to meet the needs of the GHADC while that too is being leaked in a massive way. Is the GHADC only to be used by a few men to get rich? This makes no sense. Maybe one of us needs to take them to Court to sort out this mess,” said Silning D Sangma, a resident of Tura.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a MDC of the NPP has confirmed that new recruitments have been made though the new EC is going to deliberate of the matter soon.
“This is unfair as we have not been able to pay the GHADC employees for over a year and to increase to the burden is criminal. If we were align salaries with the state, then the bill is coming to over 7 crores per month, so how are we going to manage further increases,” he asked.