Deputy CEM allays fears over payment of salaries

SHILLONG: The Deputy CEM of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Gigur Myrthong, on Thursday, said that the Council will monitor the financial position to ensure that the salaries of the employees and the MDCs are not affected.
Myrthong’s statement came during a reply to a motion on strengthening and safeguarding the financial status of the council, moved by Independent MDC PN Syiem.
Syiem stated that the state government should duly release the share of mines and minerals to the Council.
He observed that the grim COVID-19 situation should not affect the salaries of the employees.
With regard to hundreds of trucks transporting coal, he said the leakage of revenue in relation with coal should be plugged.
“We do not want to end up like the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) and Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC)”, he said.
The GHADC and JHADC employees were deprived of their salaries for nearly 2 years and 7 months, respectively.
Myrthong said that the MDCs will approach the state government with regard to releasing the shares of the Council.
The deputy CEM admitted that there is a serious leakage with regard to transporting coal but the matter will have to be taken up with the Executive Committee before setting up a check gate.
To strengthen the financial position of the KHADC, Congress legislator Ronnie Lyngdoh said that the Centre should accord financial sanction to the Council in the same line as the Panchayati Raj system, while steering clear of accepting to implement the Panchayati Raj system in the state.
“We want a similar funding mechanism as in the Panchayati Raj system for the state. However, not the system”, he said.

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