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MeECL want government to start paying terminal liabilities of 3000 plus permanent employees

The MeECL Joint Action Committee has requested the State Government to start the payment of the terminal liabilities of the 3000 plus permanent employees amounting to Rs 840 crore as on March 31, 2010.

“We have requested the State Government to start the payment of the terminal liabilities from April, 2020,” MeECL Joint Action Committee, T.R. Pdah added. According to the JAC the State Government will face more crises if they further delay payment of the terminal liabilities of the retired employees.

According to him, the State Government will face more crises if they further delay payment of the terminal liabilities of the retired employees.

He said that the Government had assured to look after the permanent employees who were appointed before the corporatization of the Meghalaya State Electricity Board (MeSEB) on April 01, 2010.T.R. Pdah also said that in the MOU, the Government has assured to provide terminal liabilities to all the permanent employees. We have been assured that the service conditions will be more or less equal as it was before the corporatization of the board.

Informing that the Chief Minister had not given any assurance, he said that he will get back to them after convening the meeting of the senior officials of the Finance and other concern departments.

Meanwhile, MeECL JAC general secretary, Arju Dkhar said that the MeECL has already spent an amount of Rs 570 crore from its own generated revenue to pay the terminal liabilities of the employees from April 1 2010 upto March 2019.

“We could have been able to utilize the funds for other purposes if the Government had released the payment of terminal liabilities to the employees. This is also one of the major factors which contribute to the present financial crisis of the MeECL,” Dkhar said.Meanwhile, he said that the actual evaluation was done on March 2010 adding that if the evaluation is being done now then it would have touch around Rs 2000 crores.

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Meghalaya High Court seek report on primary School

The Meghalaya High Court led by Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq has sought report on the number of schools that have been taken over by the state government and the financial burden on the state exchequer for the different categories. The order was passed following a petition filed by Thomy R Marak here on Tuesday.

The state respondents have been directed to file affidavit before the next hearing fixed to be held on March 16.

It also enquired about the total number of primary schools and junior basic schools as separate entities, in the schools taken over, indicating separately the number of teachers serving there.

In the order, the court wanted to know as to how many schools have been been taken over by the state, which according to them were covered by the District Council lower primary school and the total number of teacher working with them.

The state respondents were also asked to indicate separately the total number of pre-primary schools functioning independently and those which are part of the schools taken over and the number of teachers working with each of them.

The court further maintained that the statement would also specify as to what is the total financial burden on the state exchequer in all the categories separately, including that of the pre-primary section, if they are taken over.

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James Sangma removed from Home portfolios

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today has agreed to strips the home portfolio from his elder brother James K Sangma and assigns him the department of taxation and information & public relations but retained power, food, civil supplies & consumers affairs and law.

A notification issued by the chief secretary M. S Rao on Tuesday evening said, “The governor on the advice of the chief minister is pleased to order the reallocation of portfolios of the following (four) ministers”.

Lahkmen Rymbui of the United Democratic Party (UDP) has been made new home minister of the state apart from other department.

Urban Affairs Minister Hamletson Dohling of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) will now take charge of the DCA department.

Meanwhile apart from health & family welfare and arts & culture, BJP minister A.L Hek will also look after home (jail) and home (passport).

It may be mentioned here that the coalition partners including UDP, PDF, BJP and others have been demanding removal of James as home minister over the alleged illegal transportation of coal in the state.

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CoMSO to implement its own ILP 

Chairman of Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organization (CoMSO) Robertjune Kharjahrin said that the Union will implement its own Inner Line Permit (ILP) from 12 February 2020 to keep track on the flow of illegal immigrants in the State. Speaking after the evening sit-in demonstration Robertjune Kharjahrin said that due to the ignorant of the Union Government to the demand of the State Government, it has compelled the Union to implement its own ILP in the state.

“The time has come to implement ‘No ILP, Direct Action’ and check the flow of influx in the state” he added.

Robertjune Kharjahrin said that the union will visit all check post in the state especially in the border areas and deployed its own members to assist the Directorate of the Infiltration and help the department detect and dispose illegal immigrants without proper documents. The Union also urged the Governor to assent the MRSSA amendment ordinance

The Chairman also urged the headman and dorbar shnong to be vigil in detecting illegal immigrants in their respective localities.

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MPLU and HTTA threaten agitation on flawed of fastag process in Toll Gate

The Working Committee of the Meghalaya People's Labour Union (MPLU) and the Hynniewtrep Tourist Taxi Association (HTTA) today met the General Manager of the National Highway & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited Shillong against the failure and illegal use of the ‘Fastag System’ at Toll Gates located on the National Highways of Meghalaya.

In a memorandum submitted to the Manager, MPLU and HTTA cited that the Fastag system at Toll Gates on the National Highways of Meghalaya especially at the Umling Toll Gate (Pahammawlein) does not function properly.

The two Union blames that digital system in the Toll Gate is not working in a proper manner which leads to chaos, traffic snarls at the Toll Gates and wrong and illegal billings of tolls which are seriously affecting the flow of traffic leading to delay and frustration.

The Unions also accuse the Toll Gate creating a situation where money is illegally being charged from the commuters especially commercial vehicles leading to unnecessary controversy and suspicion of the system.

The Working Committee of the MPLU and HTTA have given seven (7) days notice to rectify the problems failing which the Unions will starts their agitation.

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