SHILLONG, May 08: State Cabinet on Tuesday approved amendment of Rule 5 of the Meghalaya State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MSERC) for increasing the salary of the Commission’s Chairman which should be equivalent to that of the state chief secretary.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting here on Tuesday, Power Minister James K Sangma said that the exercise was needed since the pay of the chief secretary has been enhanced. The salary of the MSERC chairman will now be Rs 2.25 lakh a month.
Additionally, to plug revenue leaks, the Cabinet approved the amendment of the Meghalaya Passengers and Goods Taxation Act, 1962.
Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said, “By doing this, the government will be able to plug the leakages of revenue from the passengers and goods taxes and this will also able us to enhance the revenue generation.”
The Cabinet also approved proposal of the finance department relating to the Meghalaya Delegation of Financial Powers Rules, 2006 for enhancing the financial powers of the Director of Meghalaya Administrative Training Institute (MATI).
According to Tynsong, this was felt necessary while taking into consideration that MATI deals with different trainings for different government employees and those from other institutes and have to pay honorarium for transport, food and lodging to the resource persons engaged for such training.