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The Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Non-Gazetted Employees Association (NGEA) have denied being invited by the secretary of the Council for talks on finances.
The NGEA further rejected the clarification provided by the secretary, Rikse Marak, during a meeting held at the Circuit House in Tura.
“We were never invited by the secretary for the meeting though we had unconfirmed news that a meeting was held on January 7. She (Rikse Marak) intentionally did not invite us as she knows that in our presence she would not be able to deliver her litany lies to the public,” said the NGEA through a press release.
Countering the claims of the secretary of GHADC only generating about Rs 1.7 crore per month as revenue, the NGEA claimed that the revenue collection sufficed to pay the salaries of the employees.
“We are not asking for central or state funds to pay our salaries. We are demanding our salary from the revenue generated. The revenue generated is sufficient to pay the salaries. However, because of lack of transparency and strict finance rules in GHADC, funds are not properly utilised due to which the GHADC cannot pay the employees,” said Senora Johny Arengh, the NGEA President.
Further, the NGEA questioned the former CEM, Denang T Sangma, who had apparently borrowed Rs 80 lakh and Rs 70 lakh from two businessmen, to pay the salaries of the employees.
“As per our information, this was not used to pay our salaries, and even their payments had to be made from the GHADC treasury itself,” they added.
The NGEA further added that they would call a public meeting to place their grievances and explain the entire affair of the GHADC.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)