SHILLONG, Apr 16: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Monday informed the Meghlaya Assembly that even though the pension liability of the ex-Members of District Council (MDCs) of the Garo Hill Autonomous District Council (GHADC) for the year 2013-14 was cleared but for their counterparts in Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) it has not been done.
Replying during the Question Hour, Conrad said that for the GHADC, a one time grant-in-aid to clear the pension of the MDCs were given but in the case of the KHADC, they were informed that they had to meet the share from the royalty from minerals.
Independent legislator from Mawphlang, Syntar Klas Sunn informed the House on November 2013, the KHADC has sought a one-time financial assistance to clear arrears of KHADC.
The Chief Minister pointed out that on August 2011, a proposal for one time assistance of Rs 5.39 crore for meeting the pension payment was received from KHADC.
“The government’s stand at that time was that since it was facing financial difficulty therefore it could not release the required funds,” Conrad said.
For GHADC, a grant-in-aid of Rs 2.54 crore was was released on July 31st 2013 as pension liability of ex-MDCs of the GHADC for the year 2013-14.
Earlier, Conrad who replied on behalf of District Council Affairs (DCA) minister, James Sangma said that the pension of the Ex-MDCs of the KHADC have not been cleared since the matter is pending before the Meghalaya High Court.