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Power Minister moots reforms

Minister for power and election, Doshehe Y. Sema (extreme right) with officials of APEN at the general session of APEN at Hotel Japfü, Tuesday.
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 17 Sep. 2008 2:05 AM IST
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Minister for power and election, Doshehe Y. Sema on Tuesday formulated several plans of action and objectives for reformation of power sector in Nagaland under the power department. Addressing the general conference of the Association of Power Engineers Nagaland (APEN) at Hotel Japfü, the minister suggested action plans for power sector of the state such as formation of corporations, development of Small hydro Electrical Projects (SHEP), introduction of policy on power purchase of license encompassing wheeling and banking facility to encourage private entrepreneurs to set up HEP/ Thermal Plant and Industries in Nagaland. He further stated to strengthen Nagaland Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and electrical inspectorate to make it independent regulatory commission and inspectorate. Doshehe outlined various objectives of reforms such as efficiency supply of electricity in terms of quality and cost, payment of outstanding liabilities, resource mobilization for capital investments. He added that rural distribution management should be strengthened. The minister asserted that successful implementation of the action plans would make the power department self reliant. Dwelling on the need to reorganize and create posts, Doshehe stated that any post creation should commensurate to the existing envisaged activity intended to be taken up. He also asserted on amalgamation to reorganize and expand the department. The chief guest further impressed upon the officers and technocrats to update their knowledge and exhibit their caliber. He urged them to go for advanced technology trainings or other higher studies to adapt with the prevailing environment. Asserting to upgrade the economy of Nagaland to some extend by way of upgrading skills and technology, the chief guest called upon the cooperation of his officials. Earlier, retired chief engineers Er. Lanu Toy and Er. S.I. Longkumer; chief engineer (power) Er. D. Basumatari; chief electrical inspector, K.T. Wabang Ao; additional chief engineer (mech), Er. F. Putsure spoke at the programme. President of APEN, Er. T.S. Angami delivered the presidential address.

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