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The Non-Gazetted Employees Association (NGEA) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), on February 6, said that it would meet the Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik and seek the postponement of GHADC elections until the disbursement of pending salaries.
They have fixed the GHADC elections for April 9 this year with the expenditure likely to be about Rs 15 crore as per the state government’s estimate.
The Association stated that it would meet the Governor and seek postponement of elections over the statement of Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong that the amount would be required even as the employees struggle without pay.
“We understand that holding the election to GHADC is a constitutional mandate and we are not disputing it. It is a democratic right. Payment of salary to its employees is also the fundamental right and mandate of the Constitution under article 14. The denial of salary to the employees is also an infringement, as the state government failed to release the royalty share of GHADC and clear the salaries of the employees,” said the release by the NGEA.
The NGEA added that given the situation; they had no other option other than to boycott the election by abstaining from work.
(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)