No irregularities in smart meter project implementation in Meghalaya: CM

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Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday said there are no irregularities in the smart meter project implementation in the state, even as he ruled out any more inquiry in this matter.

Talking to reporters, Sangma said, “There has been an independent inquiry into the whole thing, an independent inquiry after the demand was put in has been constituted and the inquiry committee has come out with the report saying nothing of that shots are there.”

While referring to the demand made by Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC), the chief Minister said if the people have any issues with the smart meter project, they can meet the government and clear out their doubts.

“If people want another inquiry, so how long will this go on, even after the inquiry and the reports coming out, so if they (HYC)  have any concern they (HYC) can obviously come and discuss with the Government,” he said.

Notably, an independent inquiry committee, headed by Justice (Retd) RN Mishra, to probe the irregularities in the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) and the Power department did not find anything wrong in terms of procurement by the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL).

Hynniewtrep Youth’ Council (HYC) has sought clarification from Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Power Prestone Tynsong on the price discrepancy of smart energy meters being installed in the state.

The pressure group met Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, wherein the State Government failed to justify the allotment of the Smart Meter project in the state at a whopping cost of Rs 232 crore. Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) sought clarification from the State Government over Rs 113 crore additional costs.