Adding salt to injury

Sir,
Employees of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) have not received their salaries for almost three years and have been agitating to get their dues. But the government offers to pay just a month’s salary! This indeed is a classic case of adding insult to injury. On their part, the employees have still been kind and magnanimous, willing to settle for a mere three months’ salary for now.
These are difficult times that we are passing through both on the health and finances front and the government must come forward to help.  According to the employees, several of their colleagues have passed away in the interregnum and they have blamed it on their poor financial health.
It is most imperative that the government makes every effort to at least pay them three months’ salary they are asking for in these days of acute hardship and with the festive season beckoning. For this, if necessary, the government must go on a special austerity drive to cut down on expenses that are not immediately necessary, and there must be several such heads. Almost the entire year has been one of gloom, let them have a modicum of joy this Christmas and New Year.
T Sangma
Shillong