No fund: State govt to MeECL contractual staff

SHILLONG, Oct 28: Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Friday dashed all hopes of the contractual employees of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL), saying the corporation had no funds to address their demands for regularisation since it was incurring huge losses.
Tynsong, who also holds the Power portfolio, said the state government understands the demand of the Meghalaya Progressive Workers Union to regularise their services but they should also understand the financial position of the MeECL which is running in loss.
“MeECL is running at a loss with an outstanding of about Rs 2000 to Rs 2500 crore. We understand they want regularisation but at the sametime they also need to understand the financial position of the MeECL which is a commercial organisation,” he said.
The contractual employees of MeECL under the umbrella of the MePWU had issued a three-week deadline to the Corporation and the state government to regularise their services.
The MePWU had earlier threatened to take out a protest march to the Main Secretariat on October 18.
They had also warned that the contractual employees will resort to mass casual leaves and march to the Secretariat if the government fails to come up with a policy to regularise their services by November 10 besides attending to their other demands.

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