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Hurdles on corporatisation of power deptt.
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Nov 21(NPN):
Published on 22 Nov. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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Plans to corporatise the power department in Nagaland has yet to be finalized before processing it but nevertheless there has been considerable attention on this matter in the light of the statement made purportedly by power minister Doshehe in a recent interview.
When asked for comments about the plan to corporatise the department, officials speaking on condition of anonymity, felt much needed to be done before the plan can move ahead.
It was pointed out that the preparation for corporatisation was to first undertake steps to implement reforms and restructuring of the power department.
It was pointed out that Tripura had undertaken these two tasks before venturing into corporatisting of its power department.
The chairman-cum-Managing Director of Tripura’s corporatised power department has been given the full liberty and power to “hire and fire” anyone by the state government.
Department employees who joined service prior to corporatisation were sent on deputation to preserve their service, pay and perks etc. Those who joined after corporatistion were hired as professionals of a corporation.
Nagaland’s main problem is that it has been suffering huge losses in revenues owing to various factors.It was reported that in 2009 alone the state lost around Rs.60 crore while in previous years it was around Rs.30 crore annually.
Corporatising the department would therefore require reforms and restructuring in order to make the system effective and capable of being professionally managed.
Presently, Nagaland’s peak hour power requirement is around 95 MW but it gets around 78 MW and sometimes even as little as 70MW. The shortfall was till sometime back, made up by around 20 MW supplied by National Thermal Power Corporation but it has now stopped supply.
As it stands, the plan to corporatise the power department in Nagaland has to go a long way even as the idea has been mooted, the processing has not taken off.
In the ultimate analysis, department sources feel, that presently there is need for a Decentralized Distribution Management involving the village and community in the rural sector to streamline revenue collection.
Next the needs of the department as enunciated by the Association of Power Engineers of Nagaland(APEN) should also be taken serious note of.
More needs to be discussed at the appropriate levels as Corporatisation without reforms and restructuring cannot solve all current problems, the sources said.

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