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Meghalaya’s outstanding dues on power purchase reach Rs 473.85 crore

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SHILLONG, March 11: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Tuesday informed that the State government owes over Rs 470 crore to 11 public and private power companies, for the power the state purchased from them.
Replying to a Call Attention Motion moved by Garo National Council (GNC) legislator Clifford R Marak during the third day of the ongoing Budget Session here, Dr Sangma said, “The total outstanding dues against power purchase from 11 power companies have touched Rs 473.85 crore as on February 28 last.”
The approximate monthly power bill against power purchase from these companies is about Rs 34.73 crore, he said, of which the state government has cleared payments of only Rs 159.41 crore till March 5.
According to the Chief Minister, the result for accumulation of the outstanding dues was because of huge supplementary bills raised by the central power sector units, consequent upon the final tariff order issued by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in accordance with their tariff regulation from 2009 - 14 with retrospective effect.
He also informed that the state suffered a huge transmission loss of about 30 MW for which the state government has to bear the losses during power transfers.
Meghalaya owes maximum to NEEPCO which has nearly touched Rs 364 crore followed by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited at Rs 28.39 crore, followed by National Thermal Power Corporation at Rs 24.65 crore and National Hydro Power Corporation at Rs 21.23 crore.
The state government is also yet to pay Assam Electricity Board Rs 14.6 crore for wheeling charges during which the transfer of power to the state was made through their grid.
The others pending dues include Rs 4.16 crores to Unschedule Interchange (UI), Rs 2.17 crore – Mittal Processors Private Limited (MPPL), Rs 2 crore – NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN), Rs 7.50 crore – Global Energy Private Limited (GEPL) and Rs 5.51 crore - ONGC Tripura Power Corporation (OTPC).
The Chief Minister also informed that the state's Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) has short term liabilities worth over Rs 440 crore which was eligible for reimbursement under Financial Restructuring Plan of the Government of India whose last date of submission was July 31 last year.
Since the submission was not made on time, Dr Sangma said the state government has pursued with the Union Power Minister to extend the deadline till June this year so as to enable the state to avail reimbursement of at least 25 per cent of the total liabilities.
The power scenario has been a cause of concern during the last few years. The state has been facing a power deficit to the extent of 20-30% of the demand, Governor Dr K K Paul told the Assembly during his address last week.


 

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UDP clears Paul's candidature for Shillong LS seat

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SHILLONG, March 11: Despite of its coalition partners rejecting its offer, Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) Tuesday decided to field its working president Paul Lyngdoh as the official candidate from Shillong Parliamentary seat for the upcoming 16th Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held on April 9, even as it expressed confidence that victory is on its side.

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Rape victim’s family intimidated, Police refuses to file FIR

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TURA, March 11: In a case of police high handedness that came to light, the family of a five year old rape victim was allegedly intimidated by the accused, his brother and friends while the police turned a deaf ear to the pleas of the family when they went to lodge an FIR in the Monabari Police station.

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NPP Trump Card: Purno Sangma to contest from Tura seat

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Shillong, March 10: National People’s Party (NPP) National President, Purno A Sangma, has decided to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election from the Tura Parliamentary seat. NPP, which came into existence only in 2012, hopes to once again use the "PA Sangma magic" in the Garo Hills region, the party’s trump card.
NPP Monday announced Sangma’s return to active politics after sitting Member of Parliament (MP) from Tura, Agatha Sangma, decided not to contest the upcoming parliamentary poll and also quit Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

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3 ANVC (B) militants lynched in Majipara after Police inaction

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TURA, March 11: In another incident which has shown the public anger against extortion in the name of militancy, 3 people were lynched by the people of the village of Majipara, near the border of Assam Meghalaya, late Monday night.
The three had come there on an extortion spree and angry residents of the village lynched them after a call to the nearby Kharkutta Police Outpost garnered no response.

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Will the NPP trump card work in the face of youth power

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TURA, March 11: The National People’s Party (NPP) had for quite some time banked on the PA Sangma charm to pull them out of any hole they fall into. The announcement of the return of PA Sangma to active politics was something that was for quite some people a very logical conclusion to the situation at hand as well as the growing thought that the next Government in the Centre was most likely to not be the Congress.

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Govt need to work out modalities for talks with GNLA: Home Minister

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Meghalaya Govt asks militants to shun violence, accept talks offer
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SHILLONG, March 10: Stating that the GNLA is a proscribed organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, the Home Minister Roshan Warjri Monday said, “It would be necessary to consult the Central government in the matter,” adding “The state government will need to work out the modalities together with the Centre in order to facilitate the interaction between the government and GNLA.”
Nonetheless, she, on behalf of Meghalaya government, appealed to all militant outfits operating in the Garo Hills region to come forward with open mind and accept the offer of talks with the government for restoring peace and harmony in the state.

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