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Use electricity, water judiciously, says Mnp CM

Correspondent

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday called upon the people to judiciously consume electricity and water, in his speech.
Singh added such a habit of using only the required amount of electricity and water would help in preserving the valuable energy resources. The chief minister was addressing the state level grand finale event of Ujjwal Bharat, Ujjwal Bhavishya, Power @ 2047 (Bijli Mahotsav & Ujala Diwas) held today in Imphal’s City Convention Centre.
The event was organized by the state power department as a part of the celebration of 75 years of Indian Independence.
Singh said that the state government purchased electricity from power companies at Rs 10 per unit and distributed the same at the subsidized rate, ranging from Rs 5.50 to 6.50 per unit. As such the state government has to spend Rs 350 crore every year in subsidy, he added. He appealed to the public not to waste electricity as a large amount of state’s revenue, an important factor for taking up development works, was being drained out in purchasing electricity.
He maintained that the state government had been putting in every effort to cover far flung areas of the state in all its infrastructure development programmes.
Expressing satisfaction on learning that 4.10 out of 5.06 lakh power consumers had been brought under the pre-paid meter system, Singh congratulated state power minister and the employees of the department for such an achievement.
He informed that the procurement of another two lakh pre-paid meters was in process and the installation would be done by the year end.
State power minister Thongam Biswajit Singh, who also attended the event said that the grand finale event was being organized in four places of the state – Bishnupur, Churachandpur, Thoubal and the one at City Convention Centre, Imphal.
The minister credited the achievement of the power department to the employees, saying that it was the result of tireless and dedicated efforts of the employees.
Informing that the Central government had come up with Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme with the objective to improve the quality, reliability and affordability of power supply to consumers, he expressed optimism that the power department would be able to maintain 24/7 quality power supply by improving the power system in the state under the scheme.
Stating that interrupted power supply was necessary for the state to become socio-economically viable, the minister said that the stringing line for Imphal-Mariani had been completed.
He added that the state can now bring in power supply from different states without any interruption and the power shortage problem in the state will be a thing of the past.
The Central government celebrated Ujjwal Bharat, Ujjwal Bhavishya, Power @ 2047 (Bijli Mahotsav & Ujala Diwas) across the country in 761 districts including 16 districts of Manipur. The celebration was to reminisce about the progress made in the power sector over the last many years and how it has impacted the life of the people across the country.

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