TURA, March 10 - A special session of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) was held on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming State budget. The Council session also deliberated on the possible impact of the proposed State budget on the GHADC.
The session was dominated mainly by the controversy over the allocation of transport funds that are to be provided to the GHADC in the State budget.
Deputy Chief Executive Member, Augustine Marak questioned the amount saying that there was no clarity on how much was the transport collection for the Garo Hills region and why allocation of only Rs 57 lakh was made to GHADC.
“We have made several requests to the State Government to provide information on the collections made from the Garo Hills region but have received no information regarding the actual collections made from the region. As an autonomous body, we are supposed to get 100 per cent of transport collection but have not been given the allocation,” Augustine told the House.
There has been a growing rift between the State Government and the ruling Garo Hills Progressive Alliance in the GHADC and a fund crunch has hit the working of the GHADC very hard.
“We are also supposed to get 25 per cent of the region’s coal royalty but that too has not been completely worked out. We will await further information”, added Augustine.
The members of the opposition wanted clarity on the amount of Rs 267 crore that was collected for coal under NGT directions.
The Council was later adjourned till March 29.