NERC conducts first ever power consumers’ court

Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/4/2020 12:32:10 PM IST
Nagaland Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) chairman Er. Imlikumzuk Ao has asked the State power department to convert itself into a business centre rather than continuing to remain as just another government department. 
Holding the first ever power consumers’ court hearing at the conference hall of engineer-in-chief of Power department here on Tuesday, Er. Imlikumzuk said the commission came into being through an Act of Parliament in 2003 to reform the power sector in India.
He expressed dismay that nothing substantial had taken place in Nagaland in this regard, unlike other States where full swing reform was taking place. Urging the department officials to curb the practice of power theft vigorously as it was affecting revenue collection, he pointed out that power theft was now a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment under the Electricity Act. 
On the complaints placed before the court regarding faulty, irregular and inefficient billing as well as discrepancies between passive and namesake payers, the NERC chairman said judgement would be delivered during the next commission meeting. He said the judgement would be based on the two issues of revenue collection and payments by consumers.
Maintaining that consumer court was vital for improvement in public service by the power department, Er. Imlikumzuk said power consumers in the State having grievances of faulty metre readings, hike in power tariff and disproportionate billing would be taken care of. 
He therefore urged the consumers to come forward with their complaints during such hearings.


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