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Power freebie; Bill of Ministers’ Colony costs Rs 10 lakh per month

Power freebie;  Bill of Ministers’ Colony costs Rs 10 lakh per month

Staff reporter

Guwahati: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has asked the APDCL to switch to a completely zero-energy freebie mode. The ministers’ colony alone consumed an average of Rs 10 lakh per month of power in the financial year 2023-2024. The MLA quarters consumed power worth over Rs 10 lakh per month. The IAS colony was not far behind and consumed power worth Rs 4 lakh per month in the last financial year. The Secretariat Staff Quarters Colony also consumed power worth a huge amount of money.

Now the Prime Minister and the Chief Secretary are prepared to pay the energy bills of their official quarters themselves on July 1, 2024. The Chief Minister appealed to the ministers, MLAs and secretariat staff to pay the utility bills of their official quarters. their official residence in itself. “I was not aware that chief ministers, ministers, MLAs and senior IAS officers were given free power. As far as I know, I have switched to no-power mode, freebie to all,” the chief minister said.

According to sources, the ministers’ colony consumed power worth around Rs 1.20 crore in 2023-24, including energy consumption of common facilities. The state has more than 100 MLA quarters, and each of the quarters has four to five ACs, heaters and other power-consuming electrical gadgets, leading to more energy consumption. The IAS colony, though fewer in number, consumes more power as each of the wards has an average of three ACs, besides other electrical gadgets.

According to sources, there is no abuse of power in all these circles from top to bottom because they do not have to pay energy bills. This powerless regime has seriously dented the APDCL’s coffers. And to make up for this loss, the APDCL has no option but to increase the power tariff.

A retired engineer from the then ASEB asked, “What is the problem for someone who gets more than Rs 1 lakh in salary to pay his own power bill, while someone earning Rs 10,000 per month has to pay his power bill regularly?”

Also read: Assam: CM asks APDCL to draw up plans to reduce power tariffs by 2026 (sentinelassam.com)