Government accused of paying idle workers for 8 years

The Meghalaya government has been indicted for wasting government expenditure on retaining staff after shutting down its lotteries department in 2008, Hindustan Times reports.

Meghalaya’s directorate of state lotteries (DSL) had virtually stopped functioning in August 2008 after the state government stopped all lottery schemes from 2001.

However, the government let the 27 DSL employees remain with the directorate, paying them for nearly 8 years to 2016 for essentially doing nothing, according to the latest report from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

“Failure of the department to effectively manage manpower resulted in unfruitful expenditure of Rs 57 million (US$876,144) towards payment of salary to idle staff,” said the CAG report.

The report also found irregularities worth Rs 344 million in the state’s lottery schemes regulated under the Lotteries (Regulation) Act, 1988, and the Meghalaya State Lottery Rules, 2002.