Itanagar, Jan 29: Four important government bills have been introduced in the Arunachal
Pradesh assembly today for their consideration and passage.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki introduced the Societies registration (Extension to Arunachal
Pradesh) (Amendment) Bill 2015 and The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj (Amendment)
Bill 2015 respectively.
While PWD Minister Gojen Gadi introduced the Arunachal Pradesh District Based Entrepreneurs
and Professionals (incentive, development and promotional) Bill 2015, Education Minister
Tapang Taloh introduced the Global University Arunachal Pradesh Bill 2015.
The discussion on the bills would be taken up on Friday for consideration and passing.
RGU Foundation Day
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Rajiv Gandhi University, the lone central university in the state
of Arunachal Pradesh, founded way back in 1984 as a State University is all set to
observe its 32nd Foundation Day on 4th February at the university auditorium situated
on the picturesque Rono Hills campus.
Pro Vice-Chancellor of Tezpur University Professor Amarjyoti Choudhury will deliver
the Foundation Day Lecture on the topic, "There is Plenty of Room at the Bottom:
An attempt to have a glimpse of nanotechnology from a layman's perspective".
DPR complete for ALG Civil Enclave
Itanagar, Jan 29: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has already conducted survey
of the ALGs at Ziro, Pasighat & Aalo and prepared Detailed Project Report (DPR) for
development of Civil Enclave and submitted to the North Eastern Council (NEC) in
November, 2011 and projected requirement of some additional lands. This was informed
by Civil Aviation Minister Thangwang Wangham while responding to a question from
BJP MLA Tage Taki.
Under the Prime Minister's Package, Civil Enclave will be developed at the ALG Ziro,
Pasighat and Aalo (Along) by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), while the Indian
Air Force (IAF) is carrying out up-gradation work of the ALGs at Ziro, Pasighat,
Aalo as well as other ALGs at Tuting, Mechuka, Vijaynagar, Walong & helipad at Tawang.
Deputy Commissioners are on the job for acquiring the additional lands for handing
over to the AAI and necessary directions have been issued to the Deputy Commissioners
to resolve the land issues and other constraints in coordination with the IAF and
the AAI, he added.
The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has handed over the ALGs to the Ministry of
Defence by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2009. Accordingly, after
transfer of the ALGs to the MoD, up-gradation work of the ALGs have been started
by the Indian Air Force (IAF) with progress of about 20-30% works. PTI
Indo-China border personnel meeting held at Kibithu
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: A border personnel meeting between officials of Indian Army and
Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) China was held at Kibithu Sector on 26th January. The
two sides came together to jointly celebrate Indian Republic Day.
The twenty six member Chinese delegation was led by Senior Col Hu Xiao Bai while
Brig Virendra Vats, headed the Indian delegation. Both sides reiterated their commitment
to maintain peace and tranquility along LAC. The event was marked by cultural programmes
showcasing Indian culture and heritage. It comprised of performances by the 'Warriors
of the North East' troupe and local artistes. PRO (DEF)
Rijiju pays tribute to former Speaker, meets bereaved family
CHANGLANG, Jan 29: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijuju today paid homage
to former minister and Assembly Speaker Late Setong Sena.
He met the family members of Late Sena and expressed his deep condolence on the irreparable
loss to the family and nation as a whole.
Later, in a developmental meeting with the Deputy Commissioner and HoDs at Changlang,
Rijiju was apprised of the progress of ongoing schemes in the district.
The Minister exhorted the officers and officials of various departments to work for
development of the area and its people. DIPRO
Be strict and impartial: DC
YINGKIONG, JAN 29: The Deputy Commissioner-cum-DEO Upper Siang District Remo Kamki
while presiding over coordination meeting of all ROs/AEROs in connection with the
ensuing Panchayat bye-election scheduled to be held in March asked all the executing
officers to strictly follow the rules of EMCC (Election Model Code of conduct) provided
by the Election Commission. He further asked them to get this information widely
circulated to the public and while doing so the officers and officials must maintain
impartiality during the election process.
Malaria awareness programme at Kakoi
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) and District Vector
Borne Disease Control Society, (DVBDCS) Yupia jointly conducted awareness campaign
and IEC programme on malaria at Primary Health Centre Kakoi yesterday.
It mainly focused on educating villagers on wrong medications and its consequences
and eradicating social taboos attached to local malaria treatment.
Dr. Aruna the Medical Officer In charge of Community Health Centre Kimin and Dr.
Dutta, in charge of Primary health Centre Kakoi emphasized on prevention and control
of malaria by keeping the surrounding clean, removing stagnant water, sleeping under
mosquito nets and DDT spraying inside of every house.
Dr. Aruna appealed to the people to take complete course of treatment for proper
recovery from malaria.
Techi Pekhi Tara, District Consultant VBD Papumpare, and Mum Lego, State IEC Consultant
introduced all the field level staff working for malaria and informed that anti-malarial
drugs are available with them.
Over 30 people, including ASM, GBs, ASHAs, CHV, MPW, Anganwadi workers, students
and public attended the programme.
IDEA in partnership with Caritas India (NGO) has been supporting DVBDCP in proper
implementation of intensified malaria control project in Papumpare district.
CM’S Trophy at Tawang
TAWANG, Jan 29: The Tawang block level tournament of the Chief Minister's Trophy
on Football and Volleyball started at Changbu Ground here yesterday.
Tawang Deputy Commissioner Abishek Dev, who presided over the inaugural function,
said "We are optimistic of sending a much better representation this year though
the previous year's team was good". He hoped the district will able to send a 'strong'
team this time to the state level competition for the CM's trophy.
Tawang Zilla Chairperson Jambey Tsering asked the participants to make best use
of the splendid opportunity. He further asked the players to play the game with sportsman
United Kee Brother defeated Town Secondary School 4-1 in the inaugural men's soccer
match, while Seru XI edged past DC-XI and Snow Yak humiliated Highlander brothers
6-1 in the second and third match respectively.
In the volleyball events, Kitpi secondary school beat Town secondary school whereas
Classic XI beat The Humanity group. Tawang ADC, Tapasya Raghav and Rinchin Leta,
Circle Officer and DSO in charge, also attended the function along with other dignitaries.
A total of 7 teams in men's football and 6 teams in volleyball (men), 2 teams each
in women's football and volleyball are participating in the competition.
The competition is organized by the district administration, All Tawang District
Students Union and Environment Protection Society.
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: A state -of -art gymnasium complex has been established in Monyul
Sports Club, Tawang under BADP, 2014-15.
The Gymnasium was inaugurated by Rev. Guru Tulku Rimpoche, Abbot of Tawang Monastery
in the presence of Tawang Deputy Commissioner, Abhishek Dev, ZPC Jambey Tsering and
ADC (HQs.) Tapasya Raghav.
The Gym has high-tech equipments like Professional Treadmill, Cross Trainer, Exercise
Bike and Multi Station Gym.
Centre to resolve impasse on Subansiri hydel project
Itanagar Jan 29: The Centre is working out to resolve the stalemate over completion
of the 2000 mw Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Project (LSHEP) at Gerukamukh, Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki informed the State Legislative Assembly today.
The works on the project being executed by NHPC were stalled since December 16, 2011
Responding to a supplementary from Opposition leader Tamiyo Taga during question
hour, Tuki informed that Union Minister of State (Independent) Power Minister Piyush
Goyal and MoS (Independent) for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Sports and Youth
Affairs Minister Sarbananda Sonowal convened a two-day meeting from December 10 last
"The meeting attended by groups of experts, representatives from NHPC, GSI, CWC and
all stakeholders including Akhil Gogoi of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), decided
to form a Project Oversight Committee representing the government and agitating groups
with four members from each side to resolve various issues related to the stalemate
within three months," the chief minister said.
He said during the meeting steps taken on downstream impact were presented besides
the expert committee clarifying all aspects of safety issues in response to the concerns
of the anti-dam groups.
Goyal while appreciating the steps taken to improve the design of the dam by the
NHPC, informed in the meeting that further delay of the project would escalate the
cost and trigger power crisis in both Arunachal and Assam, Tuki quoted the minister
"The meeting also assured to provide 533 MW additional power to Assam as demanded
by agitating organizations," the chief minister said adding the state government
had been regularly pursuing the Centre for taking necessary action for early resumption
of construction work of the project.
The anti-dam activists have been demanding the Centre to examine the impact of landslides
within the periphery of the project and the dam safety in case of earthquake, adequate
provisions for flood protection management, 12 per cent free power to Assam on the
lines of Arunachal Pradesh and conducting separate public hearing with the downstream
project affected people, Tuki added. PTI
Rs. 225 crore NHPC loan not yet refunded
Itanagar, Jan 29: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today disclosed that
the Rs. 225 crore loan taken by the state government from NHPC to revive the sick
Cooperative Apex Bank during June 2007 is yet to be refunded.
Responding to a question raised by BJP member Japu Deru during question hour, the
chief minister informed that the amount was taken on 9 per cent simple interest and
the total amount would be adjusted from the free power that would be available to
the state government from various projects executed by the power giant in the state.
He said, out of the total amount, Rs. 180 crore was paid as equity and another 20
crore as soft loan by the bank.
Moreover, the bank also refunded an amount of Rs. 20 crore along with accrued interest
of Rs. 56.12 lakh to the state government, he added.
When Deru sought a clarification from the government on action initiated against
the bank officials responsible for the collapse of the bank, the chief minister assured
to reveal the names of the persons involved and action taken by the government in
the forthcoming Budget session of the assembly slated in March next. PTI
Devastating fire at Pasighat school
PASIGHAT, Jan 29: There has been a devastating fire at Govt. Gandhi Secondary School,
Pasighat. The fire broke out at 11.45 PM on Wednesday night.
Though two fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the blaze, the devastating
fire completely destroyed office, common, store , MDM and text books room and two
toilets including three class rooms of Class-X standards of the school. Headmaster
of the school said that all official documents and stationeries were reduced into
Today, shocked and tearful teachers huddled together, too distressed to speak.
Stunned children were seen standing quietly in the school campus.
East Siang DC Nidhi Srivastava along with DDSE In-Charge Mary Siram (ADEO) and Genden
Tsumo DDMO took stock of extensive damage caused by the inferno. Srivastava who recently
adopted the school as a mentor under her unique scheme "adoption of School" assured
to extend all possible help to re-build the school building soon.
Interacting with the teachers and students, she assured that immediate alternative
arrangements for HM's office, teachers' common-room and classrooms will be made to
continue teaching-learning process without any break. The DC directed the police
to ascertain the actual cause of the incident and instructed the authorities of all
the academic institutions and offices to switch- off all electrical appliances before
leaving their respective workplaces.
Meanwhile, local MLA Kaling Moyong taking serious note of the accident advised the
education department to provide fire extinguishers to all schools so that such incident
is not repeated.
Former Education Minister Bosiram Siram also visited the school and assured to pursue
the government to provide necessary fund for reconstruction. DIPRO
Central Ministers assess progress of Tezu airport
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Union minister of state for Home Kiren Rijiju and Civil Aviation
Minister A. Gajapathi Raju today visited Tezu town to assess the construction work
of the ongoing Tezu airport work being undertaken by Airport Authority of India at
an estimated cost of about Rs 96.5 crore.
At the construction site Deputy Commissioner along with Member Planning, AAI, Sudhir
Raheja and General Manager, AAI, SP Yadav gave a brief presentation on the layout,
construction and progress as well as hindrances and hardships faced by the AAI for
the construction of the airport.
Talking of the benefits of having an Airport, the union minister of civil aviation
spoke about the "multiplier" effect it has on the economy. He also suggested the
constructing agency to refrain from "raising hope and then dashing hope", while
working on practical solution to clear up the local hindrances in the construction
of the project. He also suggested to the member of AAI to create a local cultural
signature in the city side of the airport by inculcating the local cultural theme
in the architecture. Minister also exhorted the local populace to be creative in
using the airport to their advantage, as the presence of an airport can enable faster
movement of goods and services, thus raising income and benefitting the economy of
the region and the state.
DC Dr. BM Mishra Mishra explained about the progress done by the state on its share
of work in the construction of airport. He also emphasized about natural threat of
erosion faced by the airport from Sukha Nala(river) and steps taken to mitigate it
through a Rs 7.5 crore project to be funded by DoNER. The DC also highlighted the
local grievances to the minister with regard to 'employment opportunity' for local
youths under AAI. He added that elementary skill development/vocational training
of the local youths should be provided either by the AAI or the state, so that they
can be recruited by the AAI after the completion of the Airport.
Mesmerized with the local culture, the visiting minister also exhorted the local
tribal populace to evolve a script for their language. Unless such step is taken,
he opined, local tribal culture will face threat and its distinct identity may get
lost in the assimilation process.
The minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju later went to the home of Late
Member of Parliament Sobeng Tayang to pay homage to the departed leader. Rijiju
told his family members that death of Tayang is a heavy loss to the people of the
entire state. He termed late Tayang as one of the builders of the state during its
infant stage. (DIPRO)
Mixed response to 12-hr capital bandh, AAPBSU threatens series of bandh
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The business community of Itanagar openly defied the 12 hours Capital
bandh called by All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students Union (AAPBSU) by opening their
shutters today. The volunteers from Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) along
with police personnel and district administration guarded the shops. The Akashdeep,
Ganga and Bank Tinali were seen open the whole day. However, at Naharlagun, many
shops remained closed though the heavy security was deployed in and around the main
market during Legislative Assembly session. The bandh also hit the many schools
as most of the school buses were off the road since morning.
Speaking to The Arunachal Times, SP, Capital Complex Seju P Kuruvilla informed that
no untoward incident occurred during the 12 hours bandh. AAPBSU called the bandh
demanding the state government to create 3rd batch of Arunachal Armed Police Battalion
(AAPBN) with strength of 977 personnel (one battalion) to man the border area including
provision of security to the ongoing hydro-power and Trans-Arunachal Highway projects.
Meanwhile, the AAPBSU claimed that its 12 hours capital bandh evoked good response
from public and it passed off successfully. The Union's president Atung Tana said
that it will launch a series of bandh call in state capital if the state Govt fails
to pay heed to its demand for creation of 3rd batch of (AAPBN).
Meanwhile, the Union strongly condemned the reported arrest of two Arunachalee women
from inside the Arunachal territory by the Assam official at Dollungmukh. AAPBSU
also criticized the state Govt saying that it remains as 'mute spectator' to the
harassment being meted out to the Arunachal people along the boundary area.
Tourists queue up at Arunachal Stall at SATTE
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Many people, particularly international tourists, could be seen
queuing up the Arunachal stall at the South Asian Tour and Travel Exchange (SATTE)
to enquire about the state. The Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Department is participating
in the event being held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. A three-day affair, from
January 29-31, SATTE is a business-to-business travel trade show supported by the
Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, with an aim to increase the tourists' inflow
in the country.
A lot of pamphlets and brochures were distributed among the participants.
Attracting the best of the tourism industry, participation in SATTE becomes very
crucial for a state like Arunachal Pradesh where tourism is an important source of
revenue. With the state now relaxing the norms for tourists, it is catching the attention
of many travellers around the world. Over the last few years, many initiatives have
been taken up by the government and individuals in the form of various festivals
and events in order to attract the tourists to the state.
Registered tour operators of Arunachal Pradesh also took part in the event. Adong
Moyong, Resident Tourism Officer, Arunachal Bhawan, New Delhi was joined by Sangay
Tsering of Holiday Scout and Lobsang Phuntsok of Tawang Tours and Travels in the
event. (OSD, IPR)
Rare bat species found at Rombo hill
RUKSIN, Jan 29: A rare bat species belonging to Chiroptera group has been found in
Ralung village near Rombo Hills of West Pasighat area today. The discovery of the
rare species has drawn attention of the local Zoologists and nature enthusiasts.
A young school boy found the bat at a bamboo groove in the premise of Govt. Primary
School, Ralung near Industrial Growth Centre.
The bat, identified as 'Painted Bat (Kerivoula picta)' will be sent to State Forest
Research Institute, Itanagar for further study.
The Painted Bat belongs to the Lower risk or 'Least Concern' category in the red
list of threatened species prepared by IUCN (International Union for Conservation
of Nature and Natural Resources). It is found throughout China, India and parts of
Southeast Asia and Indonesia.
According to Prof Daniel Mize of Rajiv Gandhi University, existence of Blame Forte
Fruit Bat and Hurley Queen Bats among three colourful bat species have been reported
in Arunachal, Sikkim and West Bengal, but presence of the Painted Bat has not been
reported so far as nobody has conducted special study on Bat in the state.
Zoo Society Itanagar meets to improve Biological Park
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: While addressing the 2nd Governing Board meeting of the Zoo Society
of Biological Park, Itanagar, Dr Shashi Kumar, PCCF & Principal Secretary -cum-
Chairman of Zoo Society of Biological Park has emphasized on the overall improvement
of the Biological Park, Itanagar. He especially praised the zoo authority for creating
a record by successfully brededing the Hoolock gibbon for the first time in the world
while in captivity. He also discussed at length about the post release activities
of Hoolock Gibbon and improvement of animal collection through animal exchange programme
with other zoos of the country. He also emphasis on the improvement of visitor's
amenities including drinking water facility, toilets, kiosk and resting sheds. In
order to improve the zoo from both security as well as safety point of view, he suggested
the Curator to find out all the vulnerable points and install CCTV. He also met Gobin
Saikia, oldest contingency staff of zoo and asked him to continue his good work towards
Itanagar zoo.He further asked Dr. Yogesh PCCF (WL & BD) to look into the matter for
extending possible help from the Department.
Dr Yogesh explained to the members about the confirmation of last meeting and action
taken on the 1st Governing Board meeting of the Zoo Society of Biological Park, Itanagar,
held in 2012.
Joram Dopum, Director, Biological Park, Itanagar, who is also the Member Secretary
of the society, placed the details of the fund received from CZA, New Delhi so far.
After threadbare discussion the Governing Board has approved almost all the items
Raya Flago, Curator, Biological Park, Itanagar requested the PCCF & Principal Secretary
to continue to pay special attention to Biological Park, Itanagar which is the only
zoo of the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project Swachch Bharat Abhiyan has failed to take
off in his own home state of Gujarat. According to the latest report by the Union
ministry of drinking water a total of 26.23 lakh toilets have been constructed under
the Swachch Bharat Mission across the country during 2014-15 and out of this, Gujarat's
share is only 5%. The total number of toilet constructed at Gujarat is 1.37 lakh.
Ironically for PM Modi and ruling BJP, it is the Congress ruled state of Karnataka
which tops the list for constructing the highest number of toilets followed by West
Bengal, another opposition ruled state. Gujarat has been ranked eighth among states
in terms of number of toilets built in 2014-15. Report further adds that, the number
of toilets built in Gujarat improved only in 2014-15 after chief minister Anandiben
Patel emphasized on building toilets in rural areas. This report should seriously
worry PM Modi as his home state is miserably failing him. There is a famous saying
which says charity begins at home. PM Modi should ensure Swachch Gujarat before embarking
on Swachch Bharat mission.
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District Demand Action Committee (DDAC), 29-Basar Assembly Constituency has endorsed
the ongoing “Phase-wise Lower Siang District Bandhs” called by BASU during December
2014 against the state Government for delaying to declare and make functional Basar
as H.Qs of the Lower Siang District as per political commitments made at Basar by
the ruling Congress party on 10th December 2008 and Cabinet approval of 7th August
2009. However, the same was temporarily suspended after meeting and submitting last
memorandum of request on 24th December 2014 to CM Nabam Tuki, Local MLA-cum-Minister
(PWD), Gojen Gadi and President (APCC) Padi Richo at CM’s office followed by an ultimatum
of one month which was expired on 26th January 2015.
Therefore, after the expiry of our last memorandum of request and ultimatum, till
date we could not see any response or result from the authority concerned. In fact,
it’s very unfortunate that after lapse of 6 years, still Lower Siang District could
not be made functional due to lack of bold decisive nature of the state government
in this connection unlike other newly created districts which have been created very
Hence, through your esteemed daily, we the undersigned representing rank and file
of DDAC 29-Basar A/C and BASU respectively, on behalf of entire public of 29-Basar
Assembly Constituency would like to remind the ruling Congress party and the Govt.
of Arunachal Pradesh to fulfill their political commitment made to the people of
29-Basar A/C on 10th December 2008 and to implement Cabinet approval of 7th August
2009 regarding Lower Siang District and its HQs issue in letter and spirit by immediately
declare and make functional Basar as H.Qs of the Lower Siang District based purely
on its high feasibility and viability factors failing which the people as per our
ultimatum would start shortly every possible democratic means of movements including
political means against ruling Congress party and state Government until and unless
the political commitment made and our long standing genuine demands are not fulfilled.
Basar Area Students’ Union (BASU)
District Demand Action Committee (DDAC)
29 - Basar Assembly Constituency
A metre for all
Through your esteem daily, I would like to express my views about the pre-paid electric
metering system. I am a student and I have recently shifted to a new rent house where
five other family members stay in the same house. My problem is that there is only
one common meter in the entire house and that one meter is shared between all of
us. As a student I have to go for my classes everyday and I reach home in the evening
so most of my time is spent outside. Moreover I don’t own any electric device such
as TV, refrigerator, heater etc compared to the other house.
Therefore, a very minimum amount of electricity is consumed by me. I have been also
requesting my house owner to install separate pre-paid meters for everyone but nothing
has been done yet. I was really shocked when I saw the electricity bill of this month,
each of us had to pay Rs 250. Now in winter if I have to pay Rs250, I fear how much
I have to pay during the summer when everyone will be using fan, Refrigerator, TV,
AC. There must be many students like me who might be facing the same problem. We
have come here for higher studies from very far and hoping to get a good education.
Studying out of our state is too expensive for most of us. And with this new pre-paid
meter system we students are being affected the most.
So my request to the department of power is to kindly look into the matter as
students cannot afford to pay so much money for electricity. And I also request the
department to make it compulsory that each room should have a pre-paid meter than
one common meter.
Student, Vivek Vihar
Powerhouse is power dependent on others
Electricity is one of the key elements for development. Our present and previous
leaders have always boasted about Arunachal Pradesh’s potential to be the power house
of India. But unfortunately people of AP have been living with regular power cuts
for decades both in capital and villages. In order to know about the details of AP
power department, I visited their website (http://www.arunachalpower.org.in/roadmap.html)
and downloaded its annual report details. I would like to encourage all to download
the report and read it themselves. The major truth revealed in the report is that
GoAP has been purchasing about 75 percent of her electricity requirements from other
states like Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, West Bengal and Bihar since her inception till
present time. It is a vain exercise for our leaders to boast about our power generation
capabilities, instead like PM Modiji, GoAP should first invest and demonstrate her
power generation capabilities so as to attract others to invest in AP power sector.
The report states GoAP generates only 197.70 MKwh of electricity in AP, and out of
197.70 MKwh of electricity, 49.95 MKwh is produced using hydel, 1.59 MKwh is produced
by diesel and rest of 147.24 MKwh is produced by wind and free energy.
Through this esteemed paper, I would like to request the power department to clarify
how so much of power can be generated by wind and free energy in AP, since there
are almost no wind mills and solar power stations in AP. The report tells that the
power department has always been in deficit worth 300 crores. In order to make up
the deficit, the report has suggested the GoAP to hike the electricity tariff by
125.37 percent in 2013-14. The other major revelation is that the power department
has not spent any money to check transmission and distribution loss. In the present
context of the ongoing protest against pre-paid metering system and the report of
the power department, it is evident that the power department has not taken any measure
and hence has not spent any money to curb distribution loss. So, I am of the view
that the pre-paid meter project is a blind project undertaken by the power department
and GoAP with the implicit objective to make GoAP treasury bleed, while it would
make some ministers, bureaucrats and contractors rich, and common people suffer.
I would request the power department to first make logical and legal efforts to identify
the technical factors/persons responsible for such huge deficit so as to clear its
deficit amount. This is the main reason why the people of AP have always been suffering
from regular power cuts. Since the power department has such huge deficit, from where
has the department got 85 crores to implement the pre-paid electric meter system?
If the money is from the revenue collected from the people of AP, then GoAP should
use it to pay for her huge deficit, instead of undertaking this new project. With
interest on the deficit amount, it would make the GoAp treasury bleed more with the
passing time. The report shows that there has been no subsidy on electricity for
BPL. It can also be observed that the current rate is high. The power department
can handover the list of defaulters (individuals, departments, industries, organizations)
to respective DC of each district and get the money collected or get them arrested
with fine or interest. Pre-paid meter is not the solution to make up the huge deficit.
Delhi University, Delhi
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