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Assam Development Authority Staff Demand Salaries

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STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI: Altogether 18 employees of the Development Authorities of Assam have been facing a financial crunch due to non-payment of salaries, some districts for months together. The All Assam Development Authority Employees’ Joint Council organized a press meet on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

President of the Council, Bani Kanta Baruah, said, “There are 24 Development Authorities constituted by the Government in various districts of Assam under provisions of Town & Planning Act, 1959 for implementation of Master Plan and Zoning Regulations meant for their individual jurisdiction. Accordingly, there were more than 300 employees of various cadres, who were appointed for the smooth functioning and who have been rendering their service for years against meagre payment of salary. However, employees are suffering from hunger pangs now in 18 district departments due to non-payment of salaries.”

The 18 Development Authority departments that have been suffering for non-payment of salaries include the Deargaon Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 35 months, Lakhimpur Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 45 months, Dibrugarh Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 28 months, Sonari Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 26 months, Goalpara Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 30 months, Karimganj Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 8 months, Dhubri Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 22 months, Jagiroad Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 20 months, Silchar Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 5 months, Barpeta Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 23 months, Sivasagar Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 28 months, Nazira Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 27 months, Jorhat Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 7 months, Tezpur Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 2 months, Kokrajhar Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 3 months, Nalbari Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for a month, Golaghat Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 5 months, and Nagaon Development Authority, whose employees have not received payment for 4 months.

The employees demanded that services of the employees be provincialised confirming the payment of salary, retirement benefits of employees, development authorities to be made more functional, etc.

Chief Advisor of the Council Swapan Bhattacharjee said, “The Central Committee representatives had a meeting with the CM, Departmental Ministers, MLAs and other responsible officials time and again, besides submission of repeated memorandum and each time, it has been proved futile. The employees are suffering from extreme financial crunch and if the government still lends a deaf ear on our cause, we shall have to take the democratic path and in that situation, all responsibilities will lie with the government.”

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