Agartala, Sept. 1: The Tripura government is yet to prepare a database of employees and officers though furnishing the information to the 14th Finance Commission is a precondition for availing funds for paying salaries and allowances to its nearly two lakh employees.
The commission had sanctioned a special fund of Rs 5 crore to enable the government to prepare the database but it is yet to be done. “The work had been assigned to a private company but they created an error-ridden database. We have been trying to correct the lists but the process is still not complete. Hopefully, it will be done soon,” said P.K. Dutta, joint secretary of the state finance department.
He said all treasuries in the state and drawing and disbursing officers had been asked to collect information and furnish them to the department but little progress had been made.
Dutta said as a last resort, treasuries would be directed to withhold clearing of salary bills unless information about employee profiles was made available within the stipulated period.
“Taking disciplinary action is the last resort available for collecting information. We have already held meetings with treasury officers at the district level and drawing and disbursing officers but it has not worked out,” Dutta said.
Opposition leader Ratanlal Nath blamed the state government for the inordinate delay in gathering information and said the work on data preparation should not have been given to a private company. “The government should have taken the initiative itself.”
On the other hand, the decision taken in a cabinet meeting recently to create 15 new posts in the department of tourism and 28 posts in the transport department has drawn flak from the Congress.
Describing the decision as an “eyewash”, Nath said more than 39,000 posts were lying vacant in the administration. “The Left Front government is spreading myths about a ban on filling up posts,” he said and demanded that all vacant posts be filled up.