Mizoram opposition Congress has slammed the Mizo National Front (MNF) government for allegedly putting thousands of employees in trouble by failing to pay their salaries.
The party asked chief minister Zoramthanga to pay salaries to over 4,000 employees before Christmas.
Congress spokesperson and the party media department chairman Lallianchhunga said that the state government failed to pay salaries and pensions to thousands for 5 to 8 months owing to which they faced a certain financial shortage ahead of Christmas.
He said that over 4,000 employees under Samagra Mission, who worked as teachers in high school, middle school, primary school and as administrative or non-teaching staff, have not been paid since August causing a huge financial crisis to the families.
While high school teachers are paid Rs 27,000 per month, teachers working in middle and primary school receive a monthly salary of Rs 25,000 under the mission.
About 69 assistant professors working under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) programme have not been paid since May, he said.
Besides, the state government also failed to pay pensions to many people, he said.
He also said that the many employees working under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) especially under health and education departments could not draw their salaries as the government failed to meet its state’s matching share.
Citing that the government neglected health, education and other departments, Lallianchhunga said some departments like sports and tourism departments were able to meet its state matching share and were able to launch projects worth crores of rupees recently, he added.