Power issues deliberated

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IMPHAL Feb 24: A consumer`™s awareness program jointly organized by All Manipur Working Journalist Union, state electricity department and the Joint Electricity Regulatory Committee (JERC) of Manipur and Mizoram was held at the state guest house today.
The inaugural function was attended by JERC chairperson C Mingthajoula and state member H Bihari, economics professor of Manipur University Ch Priyoranjan and L Sadananda of the Senior Citizen for Society as the presidium members.
Speaking as a resource person, news editor of IS Tv, Yumnam Rupachandra dwelled on the need of mutual understanding from both the public and the state government to bring about a better power supply in the state. He emphasized that the public blames the government and vice versa , but we all need to work out the snags and bring about a reform ,he stated.
Chairperson of JEPC ,Mizoram C Minthanjoula stated that new reforms needs to be implemented in the power sector and voiced positively on commercialization of the said sector to improve the current status.
Chief Engineer of the state electricity department N Sarat stated that a huge amount of power is lost at transmission and due to defunct machinery. He stressed that a majority of the state population do not have the habit of clearing their due electric bills, which ultimately becomes a liability and therefore unwanted measures have to be taken up by the government, he said. He further stated that the public needs to clear their dues for uninterrupted power supply in the state.

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