GHADC employees to go for indefinite strike over non-payment of two years salary

Tura, Nov 5: The Non Gazetted Employees Association of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) today called for an indefinite strike at work on the demand of their dues being cleared before the Christmas season.

GHADC has been an epitome of financial mismanagement leading to the current crisis – one in which the previous Congress led government as well as the current one is equally responsible. Council finances allegedly disappear even before they appear leading to many disgruntled employees questioning the madness.

The NGEA announced an indefinite non cooperation beginning Monday, Nov 12 after a meeting held between the association members today. This comes after continued attempts to seek a resolution to their salary woes. The members expressed anger and resentment against the council authorities for pushing them to such difficulty and hardship over the past 3 years.

“We are angry and sad after facing such immense hardships. We aren’t even able to pay for our children’s school fees and put food on the table for no fault of ours. Many of us had to beg and borrow just to survive,” said some of the association members during the meeting.

The NGEA has demanded the GHADC authorities to clear all their pending dues prior to Christmas with the strikers stating that they would not call of the strike until concrete assurances were given.

The financial situation of the GHADC has been the talking point in Garo Hills over the years due to the unbridled cases of corruption that have gone unpunished. Most of the MDCs as well as senior officers have allegedly been at the forefront of the corruption. According to sources, the GHADC coffers are almost empty with even centre’s SPA funds cleared without work even being started, forget about completion.

The situation has been exacerbated by eager MDCs pushing through appointments even when there was no scope for further additions. The illegal appointments have worsened the already worse situation.

Interestingly one of the MDCs (on the condition of anonymity) of the current dispensation stated that employee counts came down by over 700 when a head count was done. While GHADC earlier boasted of a headcount of 2300, the number came down to almost 16-1700 after a headcount. Biometric could lower the numbers even further, the MDC added.

The guilty parties in the above headcount inflation however may never be booked.
Further with the GHADC preferring to clear supplier and contractor bills on priority, without looking at its own employees, the situation for the employees has become unbearable.

6 thoughts on “GHADC employees to go for indefinite strike over non-payment of two years salary

  1. In the previous comment whatever the person have said I agree .In GHADC “RICH BECOMING RICHER AND POOR ARE BECOMING POORER” and this perfectly fits for MDCs and minor employees. I don’t want to curse them but there will be sure a judgement for them too because Revelations 22:12 said ” I will give rewards to everyone according to what he has done” . This is from the daughter of one of the minor employee

    1. Yes, let there be no more non-tribal MDC first thereafter let there be only Garo MDC in GHADC as it is setup to look after and study the socio economic and culture of the Garos only. There were a good number of Garo settlers in Khasi-Jaintia Hills but there could be no MDC in KHADC and JHADC because even if Garos have good population, they know not the culture and traditions of the Khasi and Jaintias. Then, why the so called MDCs be hired from non-Garos? Only in GHADC non-Garos are allowed to occupy the seat of the Garos, shame on the MDCs. Again, they are not public servant but elected by the Electors’ to work on their behalf just to siphoned of the council Treasury. They are collecting taxes even from the government appointed employees but should be ashamed of for not being the authority to collect professional taxes. They should be ashamed of collecting taxes from water supply as they are not the authority. MDC means -maiko dake cha.gen is an appropriate words. While it’s employees are reeling under starvation MDCs are migrating to Turn and building three or four storeys building for their own.
      Better GHADC to be put on devolve by the centre once and for all and instead strengthened the Nokmas, Siestas, Lakers to safeguard it’s own.

  2. I know the pain how the employees used to worry about how their life would be, how they would provide food for their childrens , children’s educational needs. Being a minor worker in GHADC they couldn’t do anything and even if they tried they end up with suspension . There is a saying” RICH BECOMING RICHER AND POOR BECOMING POORER” and yeah I can see in GHADC . I hope and pray that those poor employees may soon get their fruit which they have been working for two years . Having a family of 8 members and surviving with small package of salaries on top of that 2years delay is not a joke …..I’m also a daughter of that minor employee and I know the hardship of my father.

  3. I know the pain how the employees used to worry about how their life would be, how they would provide food for their childrens , children’s educational needs. Being a minor worker in GHADC they couldn’t do anything and even if they tried they end up with suspension . There is a saying” RICH BECOMING RICHER AND POOR BECOMING POORER” and yeah I can see in GHADC . I hope and pray that those poor employees may soon get their fruit which they have been working for two years . Having a family of 8 members and surviving with small package of salaries on top of that 2years delay is not a joke …..I’m also a daughter of that minor employee and I know the hardship of my father.

  4. Without pay for 2years can’t imagine what will be the condition of the employer families. No words to describe the corrupted MDC’s and high ranking official, snatching the livelihood of the employees. There tears, suffering, curse, will be upon the corrupted officials. Let there family learn the lesson of being corrupt.

    1. God sees the truth but waits, the corrupted officers and MDCs will get their dues in due time

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