power Minister assures to order inquiry into alleged serving of electricity bills to unelectrified villages

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Replying to a query during the ongoing autumn session of the Meghalaya
Legislative Assembly Session, Power Minister James K Sangma on Wednesday assured to order an inquiry into the alleged serving of electricity bills to unelectrified villages.

“I have taken note on this serious matter and I will ask the department to enquire into this,” James said while replying to a supplementary raised by NCP legislator from Gambegre, Saleng A Sangma during question hour in the Assembly.

Saleng said it was a gruesome attack on the people of these villages, who does not even have a meter and electricity connection, by serving electricity bills.

According to him, these villages are under Gambegre and Dalu blocks.

When the minister stated that there are de-electrified villages and that the department will have to re-examine the matter, Saleng said that these villages were never electrified at all and that it is not due to any damage of transformers as there is no electrical posts or wire but yet they were served with electricity bills.

The MLA also sought assurance that action be taken against officials involved in such irregularities citing that there may be corruption to which the minister said that there will be an investigation into the matter.

“Once we get to the root of the matter we will take action if there is any kind of malpractice,” James assured.

Meanwhile, the minister has also assured to take note on the concern expressed by Mawphlang MLA SK Sunn over the alleged exorbitant electricity charge of Rs 4,000 – Rs 6,000 on consumers using with one bulb.