Stop taking unnecessary loans: MeECL Staff Unions

Shillong, Nov 26: MeECL employees under the umbrella of the Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL (Employees) Associations and Unions (CCORMAU), today held a protest demanding a stop to ‘unnecessary loans’ by the corporation.

Citing the Asian Development Bank funded smart meter project, CCORMAU President P.K Shullet stated that the government should have involved companies like Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) instead of availing loan from financial institutions.

“There is an entity in national level called EESL which has the mandate to undertake and execute this kind of energy efficient projects, what it does is it invests itself and it realises its investment from the saving that comes out from this Energy efficiency project. When the opportunity is there to involve such companies why should we take loan? It only shows that there is vested interest or the government is not aware of these opportunities,” Shullet said.

CCORMAU also demanded for a CBI enquiry into alleged scams within the corporation.

CCORMAU Vice President, Arju Dkhar informed that in the new dam rehabilitation and improvement project (DRIP), a loan of Rs 441 crores was availed, however components required for the project was only Rs 200 crores.

“In one of the loan we have taken recently, it is about Rs 441 crore DRIP to improve dams. But I will tell you that the details has not been prepared by our officers, our officers prepared component that is really required which comes to not less than 200 crores. But some consultant, some private parties has even prepared for such DPRs where they have incorporated such components not required so we are very much against this,” he said.

He added that the government and the corporation should come clean on scam allegations made by opposition Congress on the floor of the house.

Earlier, Congress Spokesperson and MLA Zenith Sangma alleged that there are many corrupt practices in the Power department like the implementation of the Asian Development Bank (ABD) funded smart meter system, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) Phase I and II, Ganol Small Hydel Power Project, Saubhagya Scheme and waiver of electricity bills for industries.