SHILLONG, April 16: The state government is trying to ensure that equality is maintained with regards to extending financial support to the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in the state, as per what Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said in the Assembly on Monday.
Conrad was replying during the question hour in the Assembly here on Monday on behalf of the District Council Affairs (DCA) Minister, James K Sangma, who had to accompany the Vice President, Venkaiah K Naidu on his visit to the state.
This was also after Independent MLA from Mawphlang Syntar K Sunn pointed out that the proposal of the GHADC was cleared by the government for clearing the pension liability of ex-MDCs while the KHADC was asked to meet the payment for the same from the royalty share.
He further asked the government on the need to ensure uniform decision is taken on the matter.
Conrad informed that the pension liability of ex-MDCs of the GHADC for the year 2013-14 was cleared through the grant-in-aid of the state government. “An amount of Rs 2.5 crore was sanctioned on July 31, 2013,” he said.
He however said the KHADC had proposed Rs 5.39 crore as one time financial assistance in which the DCA department on January 7, 2014 had advice that the same be used from the share of royalty released to the Council from time to time.
“The government then was not able to extend the financial assistance required by the KHADC so they have no other choice but to meet (the payment of pension to ex-MDCs) from the royalty share,” Conrad said.
Meanwhile, Conrad informed that the state government is still finding ways to help the GHADC clear the 14 months pending salary to its employees.