Monday, August 8, 2022

Manpower shortage poses challenge for DoPN

Association of Power Engineers Nagaland (APEN) president, Er. Penrithung Yanthan on Friday said that the Department of Power, Nagaland (DoPN) had been “incurring heavy losses commercially and technically due to shortage of manpower” which posed a challenge for the department.
A press release from APEN informed that he was speaking at the APEN general conference in the conference hall of the engineer-in-chief, power.
In his address, Penrithung stressed on the importance of setting up renewable power project in the state as out of a demand of 200 MW only 27 MW was from own generation.
He said that many new substations, transmission lines, sub transmission and distribution lines had been set up but “without any increase in manpower.”
While highlighting various issues faced by the department during the pandemic, he said that the workforce of the department led by its power engineers were the “undesignated” frontline workers.
Penrithung also pointed out that installation of prepaid meter was a major activity of the department which would move towards conservation of energy and do away with non-receipt of electricity bill and delivery of wrong and erroneous bills.
In this regard, he urged upon the members to spread the message on the importance and benefits of installing prepaid meters.
Recalling the journey of Association of Power Engineers Nagaland since its inception in 1974, he expressed happiness that the golden jubilee which would come in two years would be a celebration of achievements of the department and not simply a celebration of 50 years of its existence.
In his speech, C.E (D&R), Er. Moa Aier encouraged the members to be resilient even though the department had various challenges and urged them to respond for improvement in performance.
Meanwhile, engineer-in-chief, Power, Er. Nribemo Mozhui also spoke on the occasion and acknowledged the achievements of APEN.
He lauded the members for being efficient and for coming up with solutions to any kind of problem.
During the discussion of various agenda, a new team of office bearers and executive members were also elected for the term 2022-2025, led by the Er. Kasho Chishi as president.
Earlier, the conference was chaired by joint secretary APEN, Er. Shiludi Lkr, invocation was said by Er. Myingthungo Ngullie followed by presidential address and vote of thanks from Er. T. Lithrichum Sangtam.

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