Shillong: Following the nationwide protests carried out by power employees against the government’s move to privatise discoms, Meghalaya power minister James Sangma said that the government’s proposal is only at a preliminary stage and has not been finalised.
Sangma said, “This is a proposal floated by the Government of India and nothing has been finalised as yet. It talks about distribution licensees, that they will be allowed to function. This is something that needs clarity and most people don’t really know what this is about. I’m sure once there is clarity, most of the fears will be alleviated.”
Regarding the power employees crisis in the state, Sangma said that crisis in the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) was not born yesterday. He said that it’s been carried forward from the past years and that a quick solution can’t be expected.
Sangma assured that the department is trying to find solutions to the various problems met by MeECL employees. He informed that the MeECL has a lot of problems in terms of high AT & C (Aggregate Technical & Commercial) losses. He said that the Department is much concerned and is working to ensure that salaries are paid on time.
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