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Salary before Pujas

Guwahati, Sept. 29: The unc-ertainty over payment of sal-aries blew over today as Dispur decided to complete disbursement before the Pujas.

Generally, salary disbursement is done within the first two weeks of the month but the state government decided to complete the formalities in view of the possible bank holidays for half yearly closing, Id and Gandhi Jayanti.

“The state government had earlier said it would complete the salary disbursal in the normal course of time. But we pointed out that the bank and Id holidays could delay the process further. If the employees do not get the salaries a few days ahead of the Pujas then it will make no sense,” a member of the Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad said today.

A state government official said the salaries were disbursed in a phased manner spread over two weeks. “That’s the procedure we follow. But as the SAKP wanted the salaries to be disbursed early we have decided to comply.” The official also pointed out that streamlining of the salary disbursement was one of the biggest success stories of the present government unlike the previous which had faltered badly on this front, a failure that contributed significantly to the AGP’s fall.

Dispur also stepped in to break a deadlock in the Guwahati Municipal Corporation, asking the civic body to at least release the bonus for its 2,500-odd employees. Sources said while GMC released the bonus this evening, their salaries would be paid immediately after Id on October 2. The GMC employees are not members of the SAKP.

Congress sources said Dispur’s scurry to pay the salaries ahead of the Pujas was also motivated by the fact that the government could ill afford to antagonise the nearly six lakh workforce ahead of the next Lok Sabha elections.

The SAKP member said the Congress government has “so far succeeded in disbursing salaries on time. But it cannot take credit for that. It is the duty of the government. It is not doing anything special.”

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