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Power revenue collection enhanced: Doshehe

Doshehe Y Sema
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 May. 2011 1:29 AM IST
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State power minister Doshehe Y Sema Thursday informed that the department recorded an enhancement in revenue collection by 16% in 2010-11 over 2009-10.
At a press conference held in the office of the power department at Nagarjan here Thursday, Doshehe said revenue collection recorded during 2010-11 was Rs.85.42 crore as against Rs.73.64 cr during 2009-10.
The minister said the state had spent Rs.160.43 crore for purchase of power while the department netted revenue of Rs. 86.43 crore.
He attributed the improvement in revenue collection to responsible department officers and staffs, and also cooperation from district administrations and police, against checking power pilferage. He also said communitization also contributed towards improvement in revenue collection.
Doshehe asserted that this year’s improvement revenue collection was hard-earned and due to painstaking effort of the deputy commissioners (DCs), superintendents of police (SPs) and officers who carried out surprise checks against pilferage of power.
He said power theft only added to the department’s problems as it was already facing difficulties in fulfilling demand for power.
Further, he urged the DCs and SPs of respective districts to depute officers and manpower to conduct surprise checks and penalize those responsible.
The minister said the state was purchasing power to supply to consumers but that people, particularly the rural population, who make up 80% of the population, wrongly think that power came free of cost.
Doshehe further said that people also think that the state government is welfare government and that it was to provide free power, free water, and free roads.
On being asked the total power requirement of the state, the minister replied that power requirement was about 95 MW per month but that the state was receiving only 40-45 MW. Asked if shortfall was because the state was unable to purchase power, he replied that it was due to depletion of water, which he termed as a “global phenomenon.”
On the amount of energy produced by the state, he said Nagaland produces 10% of the demand from its Likimro hydro plant.
He said Nagaland has potential for generation of more energy as it has ample water resources and among the alternatives was for micro mini hydro projects in every district, or villages.
He said such micro projects could only be achieved if local entrepreneurs came forward while state could go for bigger hydroelectric projects.
The minister also informed that the government has revised the electricity tariff for all categories from April 2011.
He also admitted that the department has not been able to address the problem of shortage of field staff though proposals were sent to the government.
The power minister, who returned from Delhi, said the government was planning to set up more hydro projects and small capacity coal-based thermal power plants to meet the requirements.
He disclosed that during his trip he had interacted with potential investors and companies, but the apprehension was on the law and order and activities of the undergrounds in Nagaland.
Doshehe said he told them that there was no such problem in the state and that “national workers” will not disturb business people.
“But the foremost problem is that investors have wrong impression that our national workers would harm the business,” he said.
Power Purchase Expenditure Statement
Financial Year 2007-28 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
CPSU 88.54 108.54 116.37 149.80
Likimro 12.05 11.50 10.38 10.63
Total 100.59 120.04 126.75 160.43

Revenue collection and Energy Consumed Statement of Nagaland
Financial year: 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Revenue realized in Crore Rs: Internal Bilateral Total Internal Bilateral Total Internal Bilateral Total Internal Bilateral Total
38.80 26.04 64.84 42.40 68.05 110.45 44.75 28.89 73.64 58.59 26.83 85.42
Energy consumed in MU: 409.22 78.58 487.80 420.13 136.70 556.83 477.20 61.96 539.16 517.38 76.89 594.27

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