SHILLONG, Oct 03: Meghalaya’s Autonomous District Council Minister, James Sangma has said that the state government is faced with a big challenge to find resources for the Garo Hills District Council (GHADC) to pay off the pending salaries of the employees.
James had made this admission after a meeting of the District Council Affairs held at the State Secretariat.
When it was pointed out that there have been questions raised on the inability of the state government to resolve the issue of pending salaries of the GHADC employees, James said, “It is unfortunate and we are concerned and discussing and thinking of ways and means but it is not easy.”
“It is going to be a very big challenge for us just to find the resources for the District Council to pay their salaries and we are still looking and exploring various options,” he went on to say.
Stating that a lot of streamlining has to be done and that the meeting was convened such that a robust recruitment and service rules is brought in besides streamlining the finances of the district council, James said, “It is unfortunate but this problem did not just emerge it has been going on for years and many appointments have been made and the number of employees in the GHADC does not commensurate to the kind of revenue that is being collected by the district councils.”
It may be mentioned that Stevie Marak, Congress MDC representing Boldangre had recently accused the MDCs and James of not solving the issue of pending salary of the GHADC employees and also sought for their resignation.