The political slugfest between BJP and Congress in the northeast now seems to be brewing over the 7th Pay Commission report. Moving to the state of Meghalaya, where government staff is facing the dearth of their salaries, or more so, the Seventh Pay Commission salaries. North East Democratic Alliance chairperson and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has, therefore, slammed the Meghalaya government for depriving the state’s staff of their salaries.
Sarma lashed out at Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and accused him and his government of being responsible for the underpayment of salaries to the employed people in the state. Biswa Sarma said that the states where the BJP is ruling, employees are getting their salaries. “In the 19 states that the BJP government is ruling, employees are getting their salaries according to the 7th Pay Commission,” said Biswa Sarma. He, however, said that in Meghalaya, the teachers are being deprived of their rightful salaries. You can also see how much of corruption there has been in the government through the education scam,” he added.
The Assam Minister also lashed out at the Mukul Sangma government for the underdevelopment in the state. Biswa Sarma said this while addressing a rally at Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills district in Meghalaya. He accused Sangma of being more of a contractor than a leader. He said, “Mukul has been at the helm for a long time however, there are no roads in Tikrikilla. There are also no medical or engineering colleges though there were foundation stones. The only thing that has happened is the development of Mukul Sangma who is not a leader but a contractor,” Sarma said. He said that the BJP’s agenda for development was all encompassing though the same did not seem to be the case in Meghalaya. According to him, the people seems to be waiting for the Congress government to go out so that the BJP can come in its place.
In October 2017, the Union Cabinet cleared revised pay scales for nearly eight lakh teachers and academic staff of higher educational institutions following the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission. The decision aimed to benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in the 106 universities and colleges which are funded by the UGC and the union HRD ministry and also 329 universities which are funded by state governments and 12,912 government and private aided colleges affiliated to state public universities.