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NPYC, NPCC demand immediate improvement of Power supply

Congress protest

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 20: The Nagaland Pradesh Youth Congress (NPYC) and Minority Department of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) today demanded immediate improvement in power supply in Nagaland.
To press their demand, the NPYC and Minority Department today staged a protest at PWD Junction, Dimapur, and later submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, through Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur.

In the memorandum, the NPYC president, Limayangba and Minority Department chairman, Rajesh Kumar Sethi stated that entire State of Nagaland is plagued by erratic and unpredictable power supply since 2003 and undependable and erratic power supply has continued to damage home appliances and paralyzed the struggling industrial business activities.
They also stated that erratic power supply bills have only compounded the problems faced by consumers forcing even honest and diligent consumers into bill payment problems which could be avoided.
“With barely 8 to 10 hours of power supply, monthly power bills indicate 24×7 power consumption. This is also true injustice for those consumers having their own transformers who are forced to pay the fixed monthly bills despite poor power supply”, the memorandum stated.
Stating that business community of Dimapur town have been suffering untold misery on account of erratic power supply and never ending cuts, the memorandum said normal business activities are disrupted because of power cuts for long hours on end during business hours, leading to low productivity.

The NYPC and Minority Department of NPCC demanded that dependable power supply be provided, then talk of disconnection.
They demanded that instead of disconnecting, those found hooking be provided with free connections and ensure accurate billing and timely meter reading with bill delivery.
Earlier, speaking during the protest, NPCC president, K Therie asked, “Why are you disconnecting the power when there is funding to give free connections? We want the Nagaland State Government to reply. Where is the money for the connections gone to and how are they misused? We will cool down only when the State Government replies.”
Therie said that the Congress feels that Nagaland is the State where power supply is most erratic in the whole nation and it is one of the factors that NITI Aayog has graded Nagaland as the worst governing Government.
He said that he had seen the Power Department and have faith in the employees because the Department was well groomed by Lanu Toy, former Chief Engineer and when he had the privilege to be Power Minister of Nagaland for a short time, they had been able to commission Doyang Hydro Project and various hydro projects but after, almost 19 years, Nagaland Government has no policy to provide uninterrupted power supply to the people.
Therie alleged that the present Government has no programme or policy to upgrade distribution, advancement and also generation.

“I believe they have spent nearly around thousand crores in maintaining the Power Department including the purchase of power but we are unable to have dependable power supply. Therefore no industry, weather or business activities are successful here in Nagaland”, he stated.
Stating that there are many qualified youths who are fit to be in the Power Department, Therie said they are working outside the State because the Government do not provide them the platform.
“We have to be sensible in voting, we have many MLAs around us, all in the ruling but they are not concerned about the public and provide us with poor electricity. I think the attitude of the Government is wrong. They should be ashamed of collecting bills when they are unable to provide power”, the NPCC president stated.
Therie lamented that when they want to protest, hardly few are able to gather, adding it is the duty of the public to get up and protest. He said 99% of the people are silent and that is why the Government is not worried.
He said, “If the Power Department employees are given opportunity, I am sure they will be able to make it because this Department is one of the most disciplined and efficient Departments but I can see that the Government and the politicians have only one objective and that is how to loot and get commission. This is why we are not getting an uninterrupted power supply.”
He said that whatever funds that come, the Government is looting for commission and giving the public short supplies while manipulating the people. Therefore the Government should be positive to poor people, the attitude of the Government, especially Ministers and MLAs in charge should be changed towards the public for the service of the people, he added.

NPCC minority department Chairman, Rajesh Kumar Sethi said that real changes will only happen when there are facilities as the public is suffering from the poor electricity.
He said that 24 hours electricity is their demand and will continue to protest until the Government takes some action.
He said that Congress is the only party that is raising their voice to the Government and they need the support of the people. He mentioned that if other States can have 24 hours electricity, then why we can’t do the same.
The protest was supported by NSUI Nagaland, Congress Sevadal, Mahilas &Dimapur DCC.
(Page News Service)