SHILLONG: The Opposition in Meghalaya has flayed the NPP-led MDA government for the alleged misappropriation of Central funds that, it said resulted in the non-payment of salaries for the employees of the Garo Hills District Council (GHADC) since May 2016.
Meanwhile, the irate employees of GHADC are in an agitating mood with some of their leaders in Shillong, waiting for an appointment with the State Governor to air their plight.
Nothwistanding the change of regime at the State level, the GHADC employees have been facing similar ordeals since long. But the Congress party has now taken on the NPP-led Goverment for the delay in payment of salaries, whereas its erstwhile government failed to do so in the past. Leader of the Opposition Mukul Sangma has accused that "government funds are being misappropriated", adding that "rampant corruption added to the woes of the Council."
The Congress leader also took a jibe at the State government for delaying the election process into the GHADC in the guise of the ongoing pandemic. He said that during his regime, election to the GHADC was delayed due to the agreement entered by the Centre with the erstwhile militant outfit — the Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) — despite the fact that all formalities were followed on all fronts. The Opposition leader further said,"But the explanation of the government for the delay in holding elections to the GHADC is ridiculous, impractical and unscientific."
Mentionably after the expiry of the tenure of the elected House, the GHADC has been under the Administrator's Rule since the second half of the year.