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Cash strapped GHADC and JHADC to be bailed out by Govt, says Tynsong

SHILLONG, FEB 20: The two autonomous bodies in the state- Garo Hills Autonomous District Council and the Jaintia Hill Autonomous District Council, which have been facing acute financial crunch for the past many years could soon get a helping hand from the Meghalaya government that has expressed willingness to bail them out.

Both the GHADC and JHADC have been unable to clear pending salaries of the employees for the past few years due to lack of sufficient revenue generation despite having prime assets in the state.

Deputy Chief Minister in-charge of District Council Affairs (DCA) Prestone Tynsong informed that the government is prepared to bail out the GHADC and JHADC from their present financial crisis.

The two ADCs were unable to pay salaries to their employees. The GHADC, for its part, has pending salaries for well over 32 months.

“We are working from the government side. I have already discussed with the CM and the CM will speak (on the issue and decision taken) during the current budget session,” Tynsong said.

If the two ADCs are receiving their royalty shares on minor and major minerals, the deputy CM said, “These are all the ongoing processes and it’s not necessary that at the end of every financial year you have to clear it all. Depending upon the collection and then after that deduction and then adjustment here and there and then rest will be released to the respective district councils.

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