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Power minister flayed, opp asks CM to remove Doshehe
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Jul. 2010 12:22 AM IST
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Power Minister Doshehe Y.Sema came under scathing attack from the opposition for giving contradictory data while responding to a starred question raised by the opposition during the proceedings of the house Friday.
To a starred question on the total amount of revenue collected by the power department, the minister, in his written reply stated that t the revenue collected during 2008-2009 within the state was Rs.42.40 crore and Rs.44.76 crore during 2009-2010. He also stated that the total unit of power consumed in 2008-2009 was 367.MU and 449.15 MU in 2009-2010.
While the minister was giving a written reply on the total amount of revenue collected by the power department during 2008-09 and 2009-10, opposition leader Tokheho Yepthomi pointed out Doshehe’s figures were found to be at variance with those figures furnished in the Annual Administrative Report(AAR) for 2008-09 and 2009-10 as tabled in the house during the March 2010 session.
Tokheho then demanded to know from the minister, as to which of the figures was correct and what was meant by the sentence “within the state ?”.
The power minister then admitted to the house that the Annual Administrative Report (AAR) report of power department 2009-2010 contained the correct figure.
To further queries, the minister refused to divulge more details regarding power trading on the plea that “confidential records of the department” could not be divulged. However, NLA Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie later expunged the word “confidential” from the proceedings of the assembly.
Congress MLA Kheto demanded an apology from the power minister even as the chief minister who is the Leader of the House admonished him for giving unsatisfactory answers.
Congress MLA I. Imkong raising a point of order wanted to know whether the minister thought he was above the law or the August house. He demanded from the Leader of the House that Doshehe be either be made to resign from the ministry or have his portfolio changed.
Further, Imkong said that the minister had undermined the August House and therefore, should apologise. He also said members were well aware about what power trading was going in the state.
Making his presence felt at the ongoing assembly for the first time, former chief minister and Congress MLA K. L. Chishi said that the August House is the highest forum in the state and that any matter had to be divulged.
Chishi asserted that any borrowing by the state authority must have the prior approval of the union ministry of finance, government of India and criticized the power minister saying he has no license to violate the rule in the country.
Intervening in the debate , Leader of the House and chief minister Neiphiu Rio clarified that the power minister had used “wrong words” while making replies to the honourable members. Rio, at the same time clarified that power trading was not illegal as it was done from state to state. The chief minister revealed that the state used to purchase power during winter and sell during Summer when supply was above requirement. He reiterated that power trading was not illegal and takes place in all the states.

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