Imphal: Power minister Thongam Biswajit Singh on Tuesday said that the solution to unemployment in any society is industrialisation, and without power and energy, we cannot bring industrialisation. 

The minister was speaking at the closing ceremony of the National Energy Conservation Week-2021 at Hotel Imphal, Sangai Hall.

The National Energy Conservation Week 2021, organised by the Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (SDA Manipur), commenced on December 9 under the motto “Conserve Energy, Save the Future” and concluded on Tuesday.

Speaking as the chief guest of the function, the minister said that the Imphal-Mariani via Kohima transmission ring stringing had been completed. There will be no shortage of power in the state, he added.

Explaining the benefits of the UJALA scheme, he said under the scheme, customers get LED bulbs and tube lights at subsidised rates to replace incandescent and inefficient bulbs. This has helped reduce power bills, save energy, enhance brightness, and reduce the emission of toxic gases.

He further said the introduction of prepaid meters in the state has also resulted in energy-saving. Once a prepaid meter is installed, consumers realise that more usage of power means higher power bills and hence, this reduces energy wastage.

He continued that if our consumers continue to use power efficiently, we will reduce our power bills and contribute to conserving energy.

Minister Biswajit further highlighted that in 2017 the State’s Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses was 45.6 per cent, but it has been reduced to 20.5 per cent now.

He also said that we cannot achieve the Prime Minister’s vision of a Self Reliant India or New India without making Manipur Self Reliant. He also highlighted the Prime Minister’s idea of National Aspiration through Regional Aspiration.

Biswajit further expressed a desire to see the two power companies as resourceful companies and take major roles in bringing development to the state.

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