Shillong, Feb 11:
The MeECL Joint Action Committee today impressed upon the State Government to start the payment of the terminal liabilities of the 3000 plus permanent employees amounting to Rs 840 crore as on March 31, 2010.
“We have requested the State Government to start the payment of the terminal liabilities from April, 2020,” MeECL Joint Action Committee, T.R. Pdah told reporters after meeting Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma here on today.
According to him, the State Government will face more crisis if they further delay payment of the terminal liabilities of the retired employees.
He said that the Government had assured to look after the permanent employees who were appointed before the corporatization of the Meghalaya State Electricity Board (MeSEB) on April 01, 2010.
“In the MOU, the Government assured to provide terminal liabilities to all the permanent employees. We have been assured that the service conditions will be more or less equal as it was before the corporatization of the board,” Pdah said.
He further informed that they have the file notings in which the then Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma had assured that the Government will start to pay the terminal benefits on a monthly basis.
“This is yet to materialize till date,” MeECL JAC stated.
Informing that the Chief Minister had not given any assurance, he said that he (Conrad) will get back to them after convening the meeting of the senior officials of the Finance and other concern departments.
Replying to a query, he said that the terminal liabilities of the retired employees include pension, gratuity and leave encashment.
Meanwhile, MeECL JAC general secretary, Arju Dkhar said that the MeECL has already spent an amount of Rs 570 crore from its own generated revenue to pay the terminal liabilities of the employees from April 1 2010 upto March 2019.
“We could have been able to utilise the funds for other purposes if the Government had released the payment of terminal liabilities to the employees. This is also one of the major factors which contribute to the present financial crisis of the MeECL,” Dkhar said.
Meanwhile, he said that the actual evaluation was done on March 2010 adding that if the evaluation is being done now then it would have touch around Rs 2000 crores.