Nagaon, June 7: The Dima Hasao District Autonomous Council will pay outstanding salaries of its 4,000-plus employees this year if Dispur’s decision to release Rs 15 crore as annual administrative cost comes in time.
The chief executive member of the district autonomous council, Debojeet Thaosan, today told this correspondent that the money which it is receiving under the state plan could also be used for paying gratuities to the employees who have already retired but yet to receive the amount.
“Till 2010, outstanding salaries of council employees were an unbearable burden for the council. Annual revenue collection was pitiable when the burden was bigger. But collection of more revenue from council resources and cost cut under a planned administrative reform eased the burden and brought an outstanding Rs 10 crore,” Thaosan said.
Dima Hasao district autonomous council’s employee strength is nearly 4,000.
It has as many as 1,000 transferable state government employees whose salaries are paid by the council.
According to official record, council employees have to get salaries of last five months till now and council’s requirement is almost Rs 12.5 crore to meet that.
The Congress-led council carried out mega administrative reforms in the council set up during the past two years and reduced the monthly expenditure from Rs 4 crore to Rs 2.5 crore.
Voluntary retirement of employees, abolition of some unnecessary post, rationalisation are some major steps taken to ease financial burden.
“Except the chief executive member, chairman and principal secretary landline telephones of others in the council were disconnected. An amount of Rs 30,000 as maintenance cost against each council vehicle was fixed. An amount of Rs 2,000 was fixed as the maximum electric bills in the quarters of all elected members. These helped us meet the essential needs,” Thaosan said.
“We stress on work culture but at the same time we have to seriously consider timely payment of employees’ salaries. We will try to bring more transparency to the salary payment system which could encourage the workforce,” Thaosan said.
Different employees’ unions along with the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) launch agitation programmes in the district demanding payment of outstanding salaries of council employees from time to time.
The ASDC’s 60-hour bandh from June 3 was organised for four major demands, including payment of outstanding salaries.