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By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, Mar 29, 2018:

The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC)  on Thursday passed the annual budget of Rs 213,53,36,970 for the fiscal year 2018-19 on the final day of the Council budget session here.

The budget has a deficit of Rs 49,560 while the anticipated revenue collection of the Council in the next fiscal year is Rs 213,52,87,410.

 It may be mentioned that this is first the time that the Council has managed to passed the full budget. In the previous years, the KHADC would pass the vote on account for three months (April-June) while the full budget would be passed in the month of June.

Earlier, participating in the debate on the budget, UDP MDC Teinwell Dkhar dwelt on the issue of pending bills passed by the Council which is lying with the State Government.

He also criticised that the present Executive Committee of the Council for failing to follow up the issue with the Government.

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Interestingly, all the five questions which was listed on the final day of the budget session lapse after the concern members who put the question did not turn up.

Commenting on this, KHADC CEM said that it is really unfortunate that important issues concerning the council could not be discussed due to the absence of the members.

Meanwhile, the House also unanimously passed the KHADC Service (Amendment) Rules, 2018 which seeks to grant 18 months leave to employees who are suffering from life-threatening diseases like cancer.

The Council has decided to insert a new Rule 13 A in the amended Service Rules, which was tabled by the KHADC chief PN Syiem during the Council’s session here on Tuesday.

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The new Rule states that any council servant suffering or suspected to be suffering from tuberculosis, cancer or leprosy should at first be sent to the nearest recognized institution for proper diagnosis or treatment. The new further stated that after careful examination of the case, a council servant is found to be open one he will be granted leave for 18 months by instalments of four months on the recommendation of a recognized medical officer concerned.

The leave for 18 months as admissible, shall follow immediately after earned leave admissible, at the credit of the council servant is fully exhausted.

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