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Power connection a costly service in Nagaland: Vizo


Kohima, Mar 14: Nagaland Commissioner and Secretary for Power, K D Vizo today called upon engineers of the department to incorporate the latest state of art technology to improve transmission, generation and distribution sector to enhance revenue collections thereby improve the economy of the State.
Power is an essential service and its interruption would endanger the life, health or personal safety of the general population, Vizo said while speaking at the general conference of Association of Power Engineers Nagaland at Hotel Japfu here.
He appealed them to continue to serve the people with full dedication and commitment, while also maintaining that there is a need to put more emphasis on training and capacity building to handle new technologies.
Sharing concern on areas needing focus, Vizo said the department’s electricity billing and collection mechanism has to be strengthened so as to increase the revenue collection and also improve the State economy.
Stating that power connection is still a costly service in the State, he emphasized on the need to work hard to find out ways and means of giving power connections at cheap price. He said that power safety mechanism should be strengthened so that lives of field staff as well those of citizens are not endangered.
There is a need to strengthen the checking mechanism of power theft and ensure that the citizens in general pay for what they use, he said.
Observing that there is still lot of wastage of power in the State, he said there is a need to educate the general citizens about conservation of energy.
There is a need to give more focus on improving power systems in rural areas and for that engineers should not think that rural posting is a punishment posting but rather they should think that it is an opportunity to serve the poor people in rural areas and I am sure those who serve faithfully in rural areas will get lot of blessing.
He was also of the view that there is a need to improve basic building infrastructures and improve welfare measures in rural areas so that the power engineers feel comfortable while being posted in rural areas.
Addressing the gathering, Engineer-in-Chief Power Department, Ghukhuyi Chishi pointed that power engineers are failures in many ways but the most important is revenue collection. “We are a revenue department and spend around Rs 300 crore annually in purchase of power but the revenue generation is barely around 120 crore.
In this, calling upon the engineers to be sincere in finding out the failure, he was of the view that activities of junior engineers and field managers as well as meter readers and operation and maintenance staff need to be checked.
“Power engineers have to explore the possibility of improving the revenue sector and recover the losses, while proper streamlining is required,” he said.
Remarking that he has not seen any meter reader reaching his house to collect the electricity meter reading since the day he became the E-in-C, Chishi said meter readers should go to the field and not make table tables. He also called upon all field officers of the department to be at their respective places of posting.
APEN president Shikato Sema in his presidential address said that engineering is one of the key influences ‘that shape our society, contribute and improve the way we live and work. He said that engineers have a responsibility to ensure that we have a positive influence in society.
Meanwhile, APEN announced new team of office bearers for 2019-2021 as follows: President – Penrithung Yanthan, vice president – Kahoshe Shohe, general secretary – Litrichem Sangtam, joint secretary – Shiludi Longkumer and Kikruseno, treasurer – V. Kezo and PRO – Jonathan Khing. The executive members include Atoho Jakhalu, Tsiamchi Ndang, Lobosang Jamir, Neiyie Neikha, K. Solomon Sekhose and Rokongutuo Suohu.
(Page News Service)