The Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) has been give a little breather by the Meghalaya High Court after the lawyer representing the Dipul Marak led Executive Committee, Sujit Dey informed the Court that efforts were being made to clear the pending salary dues.
The GHADC Executive Committee (EC) has been in a legal tussle with the Non Gazzetted Employees Association (NGEA) over non-payment of salary for over 28 months to over 1700 employees of the Council.
The High Court noted that a submission was made by the lawyer for GHADC that the salary of employees could not be made because of the lack of funds available with the Council.
The lawyer for GHADC had told the court that amounts of Rs 15 crores, Rs 20 crores and Rs 20 crores were due to the GHADC from Forest, Directorate of Mineral Resources and Transport Department of the State government respectively.
He also said that a request had also been made by GHADC to the three departments by letter dated September 29 to release the royalty amount to the Council.
The High Court will next hear the petition on October 21.