Oppn Cong demands independent probe on mismanagement of MeECL

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 17 | Publish Date: 8/17/2020 1:30:49 PM IST

The opposition Congress in Meghalaya on Monday demanded an independent inquiry into the alleged mismanagement of Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) and also criticised the government on the proposed loan extended to the State-owned MeECL.

“Only an independent inquiry would identify the shortcomings as well as people behind the lapses,” Congress spokesperson, Zenith M. Sangma said, while pointing out several issues of mismanagement within the power company.

He said, chief minister Conrad Sangma and power minister James Sangma has assured in the Assembly that a full time chairman would be appointed in the company, which has not been done till date. “A junior officer has been made CMD of MeECL. Earlier senior officers, not less rank of principal secretary or chief secretary, used to occupy the post of CMD,” said the senior Congress legislator.

Criticising the MDA government for  approving the Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL) proposal to avail an assistance restricted to Rs 1345.72 crore, Zenith said the MePDCL would be burdened with interest payment of 9.5 per cent “which is very high.”

“The MePDCL will have to pay interest of more than 10 crore per month from the day it receives the loan. Rather than taking loans for such a huge amount, the government should have tried to increase the efficiency of the MeECL and tried to make it sustainable,” Zenith said.

Furthermore, the Congress legislator also pointed out on the failure of MeECL to fix some of the machineries at Umiam Hydro Electric Power which has been out of order for the past one year

Due to mismanagement, these machineries have not been fixed and as a result, the State government is losing crores of rupees in revenue, he said. “The entire management is in a mess. The reason may be due to weakness in the leadership or in experience in the leadership in the MeECL,” added Zenith.



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