NGEA rubbishes claims of negotiation

Correspondent
Tura, May 23: Employees under the banner of the NGEA of the GHADC today vehemently denied the claim of the CEM, Benedict Marak of any agreement reached between employees who were willing to take 5 months salaries and resume work.
Through a press communiqué, the NGEA said that there was no iota of truth in the claims made by the CEM while asking him to apologise for making this remark.
The statement comes in the wake of the CEM writing to the deputy commissioner of WGH, seeking police security for staff that were willing to come to work from Mon, May 24. The security was requested to ensure there were no untoward incidents, a la, the NGEA.
“It is shocking, unprecedented and unexpected that the CEM of GHADC would lie to the DC, who is the head of the District Administration,” claimed the NGEA.
The NGEA said that in his (CEM) letter to the administration, on May 22, the DC was requested to depute security to the GHADC office, which has remained shut owing to the agitation of the employees seeking their 34 month salary dues. Apparently agreement had been reached with employees on the matter with payment of 5 month’s salaries to be executed soon.
“There is no such agreement and negotiation between the employees and the Executive Members to receive the five months’ pending salary and to resume office. There is no iota of truth in his claim,” they added.
The NGEA further sought a copy of the letter of agreement that was apparently made questioning how that could be done without the signs of both parties.
“The agreement being spoken about is incomplete and unsustainable if the said letter submitted to the DC is without enclosing the agreement between the parties,” they added.
The members added that they were not militants and did not carry arms to the office so deployment of security personnel at this time was not required. They added that even on the day when they filed the FIR against the SE and EE of Civil Works, they waited to speak to the CEM but he left without a word.
The NGEA further felt that both the CEM as well as the CM, Conrad Sangma should resign from their office if they are unable to pay the pending salaries.
“An amount of Rs 48-50 crore is required to pay 12 months’ salaries to us in the new scale. However our leaders are not willing to arrange this. It clearly indicates that they don’t have the political will to resolve the ongoing issue of GHADC,” asserted the NGEA leaders.