GUWAHATI, May 23 - The employees of the Board of Sports of Assam (BSA) are going through an acute financial crisis as all the 40 present employees are being paid very lowly.
Set up way back in 1977, BSA has been shouldering the responsibility of maintaining the RG Baruah Sports Complex and the Jorhat Stadium since its inception.
As a self sustained organisation, the BSA is generating its fund from infrastructure like BP Chaliha Swimming Pool, Nehru Stadium, Landmark Hotels, Jorhat Stadium, indoor stadiums, among others. The organisation also receives State Government’s grant in aid as per requirement.
According to the CA report, the BSA had an earning of Rs 1,10,77,418 and an expenditure of Rs 1,69,87,789. Last year the government grant was Rs 2,89,560.
But interestingly the salary of the employees are very low in comparison to the salary structure of the State Government employees. The highest monthly salary is Rs 19,050 – earned by a lifeguard in the BP Chaliha Swimming Pool and the lowest is Rs 10,450. The casual workers earn Rs 3,381 while the lowest is Rs 1,700. Considering the present market value, the salaries are certainly very low.
Moreover, during the last pay revision in 2011 a very little hike took place. In the last Governing Body meeting of the BSA, held on September 7, 2015 with the then Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, it was resolved to set up a Pay Sub Committee to look into the grievances of the employees including revision of pay. The meeting also took the decision to provide approved remuneration to the casual employees as per the prevailing wages given by the Government of Assam.
But all the resolutions seem to have ended in smoke as the employees are yet to get respectable salaries.
Some financial irregularities are also alleged on part of the BSA. For the South Asian Games, held here in the year 2016, an approximate amount of Rs 2.7 crore was spent to renovate the BP Chaliha Swimming Pool. Again in 2017 the BSA authority had spent around Rs 23 lakh for repairing the pool. The Board of Sports of Assam Worker’s Union has appealed to the Chief Minister to look into the matter. The organisation is also planning to go for agitation from June 1 to 3 demanding proper pay structure and other facilities. I