Meghalaya: NGEA questions Chief Minister Conrad Sangma over varying versions of GHADC



The Non-Gazetted Employees’ Association (NGEA) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) has come down heavily on the apparent statement changes of the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma regarding revenue collection and expenditure while also questioning statements made in the current budget session on the GHADC.

Earlier, CM Conrad Sangma had put the revenue of the GHADC at ₹ 2 crore and its expenditure at ₹ 10 crore, the numbers were lowered during the ongoing budget session with ₹ 1.2 crore as monthly revenue and ₹ 4 crore required for salary clearance every month.

“The Chief Minister stated that the headcount in 2012 in GHADC was 1300. However, by 2015 it had risen to over 2000 during the tenure of the Congress led EC. The appointments were arbitrary and without logic, without due procedure being followed,” said the NGEA through a release.

Reacting to the claim made by the Chief Minister that the National People’s Party led EC had tried to streamline and reduce the employee count through a digital and roll call system, which they said was false as there was no system in place or even a payroll system for the matter.

“We condemn the statement as even now there is no single window system to record transactions in GHADC,” said the NGEA.

The NGEA questioned how the Chief Minister claimed that the revenue of the GHADC was a lowly ₹ 1.2 crore, whereas in April 2015, the revenue collection was ₹ 7,39,94,764.

On the CM’s claim of reformation in the GHADC, the NGEA asked what type of reformation was being discussed.

“We really are clueless on the type of reformation that is taking place. Despite being there from 2015 to 2020, the NPP led EC has done nothing much. There are still no service rules, finance rules, single window operators, pay roll and roll calls, etc. We also want to know what they have done with the vast amount of central government grant they received,” they added.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)


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