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Assam Secretariat employees question Govt's 'no electricity bill, no salary' move

Assam Secretariat employees question Govt's 'no electricity bill, no salary' move

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Himanta Himanta

GUWAHATI: On June 30, 2021, the Assam Secretariat Service Association held an emergency executive meeting to discuss the recently issued notification of "No dues payable against Electricity Bill of APDCL" certificate and other important concerns.

In the said notification, the Chief Minister had directed to instruct all Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDO) to ensure "No dues payable against Electricity Bill of APDCL". A certificate of "No dues payable against Electricity Bill of APDCL" will be generated for all employees before processing of wages or salary bills, before or on 30th June 2021.

The Government Employees Association has expressed its concerns regarding the notification of "No dues payable against Electricity Bill of APDCL," which was supposed to be generated for all employees before processing of wages or salary bills, before or on 30th June 2021.

There have been strong reactions from the Association following the announcement of paying electricity bills before clearance of salaries.

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The Association has expressed that through The Electricity Act, 2003 and The Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (Electricity Supply Code & Related Matters) Regulatory, 2004 (as amended), APDCL is trying to clear the unpaid electricity balance of the consumers from its employees.

On June 13, the All Assam Employees Council had issued a memorandum to the Government. However, the Govt is yet to respond to it.

On the other hand, the certificate is creating a "confusing" situation in the various departments as to how to go about the "No dues payable against Electricity Bill of APDCL."

The Union has sent a memorandum requesting the Assam Chief Minister, Power Minister, Finance Minister, and Chief Secretary to reconsider the move that has created a "confusing" and "worrying" situation among the Govt employees and urged for dialogue.

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