VASCO: Mormugao municipal employees are in dismay since they have yet to receive their two-month salary. Mormugao Municipal Council Chairperson assured to pay pending salaries after borrowing a loan from a bank.
It has now come to the fore that the MMC will take a loan of Rs 3 cr to pay the employees.
In a sorry state of affairs, Mormugao Municipal Council has once again encountered the problem of a financial crunch. Due to the insufficient recovery and generation of revenue by the Mormugao municipality, salaries for January and February months are yet to be released to the municipal employees and workers.
Several municipal workers were in a depressed state sitting outside the municipality garage in Vasco on Friday morning. When they contacted municipal workers, they informed them that they are yet to get their salaries for two months.
On the condition of anonymity, one of the employees said that many employees have loan instalments to be paid and run the house. When they don’t have their salaries for two months, how are they supposed to sustain and work enthusiastically?
Another worker opined that delay in the salary has now become the regular story. We feel that there should be a permanent solution to this problem to get our monthly salary on time.
When contacted by Mormugao Municipal Council Chairperson Damodar Kaskar, he agreed that the Mormugao municipality has faced a financial crunch and was unable to pay two months’ salaries to its employees.
Kaskar revealed that the reason for the delay in the salaries is that most of the administrative staff was on assembly election duty, which resulted in the municipality’s recovery and revenue generation.
He added that Mormugao Municipal Council has sent a proposal to the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) stating that MMC will borrow a loan from a bank.
Once this proposal is passed by the DMA, we will take a bank loan and will release two months’ salaries of the municipality employees and workers, Kaskar added.