GUWAHATI: Various departments and directorates of the State Government owe AMTRON, a Government of Assam undertaking, over Rs 84 crore. If the outstanding payments of the government departments and directorates continue to go up this way, AMTRON, one of the solvent PSUs (public sector undertakings) in the state, will go red.
Statistics have revealed recently that till September 2023, various departments, directorates, hospitals, etc. of the state government have yet to pay Rs 84,23,47,033 to AMTRON. Since AMTRON deals in the IT sector, various departments and agencies of the State government engage the PSU for their work. The departments, directorates, and others have to pay AMTRON in accordance with agreements. AMTRON sends the bills after the completion of every task, but many departments and directorates delay their payments. Instances are there where various departments have not yet borne the bills for work done in the calendar years 2014 and 2015.
E.g., the Commissioner of Panchayat and Rural Development Department has an outstanding amount of Rs 84,03,819 since 2014 and 2015. The Department of Tourism/Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (M) has not yet paid Rs 93,27,960 to AMTRON since 2015.
AMTRON is to get the highest amount of Rs 30,18,42,861 from the Directorate of Secondary Education. The amount has been pending since 2017 and 2018.
Some other departments and directorates that have not yet foot the bills of AMTRON are: Rs 17,77,20,779 by Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (Assam), Rs 11 crore by the Department of Health, Rs 1,95,64,851 by GAD (General Administration Department), Rs 2,10,91,217 by the Directorate of Sericulture, Rs 1,81,21,563 by the Directorate of Handlooms and Textiles, Rs 1,62,99,505 by the Directorate of Elementary Education, Rs 91,61,261 by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Rs 63,96,485 by the Directorate of Medical Education, Rs 18,44,055 by the Directorate of Veterinary, and Rs 1,07,87,540 by the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.
AMTRON (Assam Electronics Development Corporation Ltd.), an undertaking of the Assam Government, needs around Rs 2.5 crore monthly for the payment of salaries to its employees. It came into being in 1984.