Government yet to settle dues of relief suppliers in Garo Hills

Tura, April 21: Relief suppliers, who provided relief to lakhs of people affected by various natural calamities in Garo hills, are yet to receive their dues from the state government for nearly six years now.

Suppliers from West Garo Hills claim that their payments have been held back by the state government since the devastating 2014 floods.

While some of the suppliers were hopeful that the government would look into their state and release money that is due to them at the earliest.

Speaking to journalists, a wholesaler from Tura, requesting anonymity said, “It has been very difficult as most of our working capital has been invested in providing relief when the people were in dire need. We were requested by the state to help and we did but the wait for the money due to us has been a long one and we still don’t know when we will be getting it.”

According to them, a part payment for the 2014 dues were made as was another part payment made for the 2017 floods in the plain belt of West Garo Hills. Other than that nothing more has been done.

Recently, the deputy commissioner of WGH, Ram Singh held a meeting to take stock to the problems faced by the suppliers with the state government.

The meeting attended by the advisor to the government and North Tura MLA, Thomas Sangma, the deputy commissioner had appealed for release of their pending dues during the review meeting with.

The meeting was held after the massive storms that affected thousands of people from across the region.

Dues running into crores are to be paid to the suppliers of flood and disaster relief in West Garo Hills region alone. The plain belt region in WGH has seen flooding every year since 2014, except in 2018.

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