NPP ridicules Congress over its allegation of anomalies in the Power department

SHILLONG, Nov 19: The ruling National People’s Party (NPP) today said that the allegations made by the opposition Congress of irregularities in the State’s Power Department seems to be due to hangover of having lost the no-confidence motion.

NPP spokesperson, Marcuise N Marak said that the Congress had heavily banked upon the no-confidence motion to attack the government.

“Considering their misfortune of having proven themselves wrong, the Congress has reached record lows of trying to find fresh issues to stay relevant in politics, without thinking of the welfare of the people of the State,” Marak who is also a legislator said.

It may be mentioned that on Wednesday, the Congress had alleged that there were rampant anomalies in the Power department.

On the issue of non-functional electric meters the NPP spokesperson said that the NPP-led MDA government is committed to showing the path on how to bring billing efficiency through the smart meter project.

“It is hypocritical of them to bring this issue up now when they themselves worsened the situation without providing any resolution,” the NPP spokesperson said.

He also said that the NPP-led government stays committed to solving all issues in the power sector at the earliest possible and therefore the government sees the smart meter project as a revolutionary one for power efficiency in the state.

Marak also said that the state The Power Minister, Jmaes Sangma during the recently concluded Assembly session had replied that waiving of Delayed Payment Charges (DPC) is applicable to both domestic as well as industrial consumers.

“DPC is part of One Time Settlement (OTS) Scheme given to industries. Domestic consumers have a smaller DPC in comparison to industries and as such, the industries got a waiver of the DPC to overcome outstanding dues. The facts stated by the Power Minister in this regard were basic facts, which any well-learned person would ideally know. For a legislator like Zenith Sangma to be raising such questions in the Assembly and wasting the time of the house, unfortunately, reflects poor understanding on the stewardship of time,” the NPP spokesperson said.

He also said that the Congress MLA “ironically” also questioned the state government on the Ganol small hydro project.

Marak stated that the Ganol project is a project which the Congress had initiated by promising uninterrupted power supply to the people, but were never ever on track to complete it despite assuring everyone that they would do so by February 2018.

“We would like to disregard any questions raised by the Congress in this matter, where most of their facts are ill-informed,” he said.

On the allegations of irregularities in implementation of the Saubhagya Scheme, Marak said that despite the government repeatedly issuing all necessary clarifications to the Congress, the party continues to beat the drum of corruption with regards to it.

The NPP spokesperson said that to be clear, the Congress in its term did not even try to bring this scheme to the people of Meghalaya, despite knowing that such a scheme would be beneficial to all the people of the state, especially the economically vulnerable.

“The Congress is a party which is known to have defaulted on multiple accounts when it concerns fulfilling promises made to the people. For such a party to act high handed and talk of corruption is highly ironical. We believe that the party would do well to inform itself better and then bring issues up, rather than trying to cover up the stench of their past, which appears to be biting them as of now,” Marak said.

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