TURA, Nov 06: Unpaid salaries accumulating for over 14 months have led the opposition National People’s Party (NPP) to criticize the ruling Congress led coalition in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) with the opposition calling for resignation of the CEM, Boston Ch Marak.
Earlier the Council employees had filed a case of contempt after the GHADC had failed to live up to the promise it had made in Court.
“This is an absolute first. The employees have been denied salaries for over a year and it has never happened before. They (Congress led EC) have literally brought the Council down to their knees. The GHADC is on the brink of disaster and unwanted history has been created,” said former CEM, Denang T Sangma in a release issued on Monday. Denang is currently the leader of the Opposition led by NPP.
The former CEM lashed out at the current CEM, Boston Ch Marak, calling the latter power hungry.
“Our EC was toppled in March this year over non-payment of salaries to employees as we were accused of. On taking charge as CEM he openly said his priority was to improve the GHADC and clear all pending dues. He has not only failed as a CEM but also betrayed the GHADC,” stated Denang while asking the CEM to resign on moral grounds.
“We had cleared a substantial amount of debt left behind by the previous EC in the one and half year that we were in power. The previous Congress EC left behind a huge debt in the form of staff arrears which was cleared by us. When my EC was toppled there were only five months of pending salary to the employees and we were already in the process of clearing the remaining dues when we were removed from power,” alleged the former CEM.
The NPP MDC has also questioned as to why the state government is unable to bail out the GHADC from its current financial situation.
“Today both the GHADC and the state government are being headed by the Congress. I see no reason why they cannot clear the dues of the employees,” said Denang.