Huge shortfall in monthly entitlements led to delay of arrears: CM

Shillong, Mar 9: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today stated that the State Government has released one fourth of the remaining 30% arrears, amounting to Rs 38 crores, to government employees on February 11th, 2021.

He made the statement while replying to a question placed by Mawlai MLA PT Sawkmie on Day 2 of Budget Session 2021.

Sangma stated that the reason for the delay was because during the current Financial Year there was a huge shortfall in the monthly entitlements due to the State from the central government.

“This is on account of the reduction in the collection owing to COVID-19 Pandemic. The state government is making all efforts to prudently manage the finances despite the challenging times,” he added.

On a supplementary question regarding the amount of shortfall by Sawkmie, the Chief Minister informed that the central devolution of taxes was budgeted at Rs 6490 crores, however, the state received Rs 4698 crores.

“In the state’s own taxes, there was a budgetary estimate of Rs 2377 crores but the actual was Rs 1859, so a shortfall of 518 crores,” he said.

He added that the state’s own non-tax revenue was supposed to be Rs 619 crores but the actual was Rs 481 crores.

“Therefore, roughly Rs 2500 crores was the shortfall in terms of revenues,” he said.

“Accordingly, release of the 22.5% remaining arrears during the current Financial Year, 2020-21 will be considered subject to availability of fund,” he added.

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