NGEA hits out at GHADC again over irregularities

The Non Gazetted Employees Association (NGEA) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC has once again hit out at the Executive Committee (EC) of the Council after the association President, Senora Johny Arengh was placed under suspension, since September 11.

Arengh has been placed under suspension after a show cause was issued to him earlier.

Employees of the GHADC have been in a pitched battle with the GHADC authorities over their pending salaries with the matter now being fought in the High Court of Meghalaya. “We are legally fighting for our dues which have been deliberately kept pending despite there being abundant funds, as has been declared by the EC to the tune of Rs. 126,78,61,454,” said a release by the NGEA.

NGEA has accused the EC of resorting to retaliatory actions against them for claiming their rights and added that rumours are now being fuelled of the NGEA members working for their personal cause.

They highlighted illegal appointments that were allegedly undertaken by the Secretary of the GHADC, Rikse Marak (MCS). According to NGEA a casual driver, Ambrose Ch. Momin and a casual orderly, Padmini Koch was appointed without any legal procedures being followed and interestingly, one of them was appointed twice.

The NGEA pointed to more anomalies, this time in the appointment of the Secretary, Rikse Marak herself.

They alleged that Marak had been appointed through a back dated appointment letter. According to them, the MCS officer was to join on February 4, 2019 but joined on January 11, 2019 after an emergency meeting held by the GHADC EC. They alleged that the secretary was supposed to only join after an approval of the EC on February 4.

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