Jiribam facing power cuts

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JIRIBAM, September 25: People in Jiribam have been facing power cuts in recent times which had been unknown in the past.

Earlier Jiriban was getting proper and regular power supply to the sub division in the past.

However since power control of the sub division has been placed with the Yurembam sub-station, Jiribam has been facing power outages frequently.

The 132/33/11 Kadamtala sub-station in Jiribam faces equipment failure resulting in frequent power outages in the sub dividion, however until a technician or expert arrives from Imphal, the power connection is not restored prolonging the power outages faced by the people of the sub division.

There is no expert or technician in the sub division and as such have to wait for the arrival from Imphal.

Even if the power control room has to be put up at the Yurembam power station, the authorities could employ a technician or expert with the Kadamtala sub-station to solve the problem of the people.

Power supply has been cut off since September 24 morning around 7 am in the Jiribam Barak Circle due to breakdown of cables and boxes.

If the under construction Sibpurikhal Sub Station is completed, the power supply in the Barak Circle will improve a lot, however, the construction of the sub-station has not been completed as of yet.

Power supply was resumed only this afternoon around 1pm.

Most of the AE/SOs posted with the Jiribam Electricity department are staying at Imphal which has disrupted normal workings of the department at present.

Sources have also claimed that most of the electric wire in the sub division has been installed since electricity was first provided in the sub division and as such most of the wires are condemned posing severe danger to the people.

Sources also informed that the concerned authorities have been time and again informed about the issue, however there has been no position action till date.

A department employee on condition of anonymity said that now most of the employees of the department are staying at Imphal and as such those few who have remained in Jiribam have started to lost interest.

He also continued that those few left behind are the ones who always gets the complaints from people however they cannot act without help from the higher-ups, he added.

He further urged the authorities to look into the issue.

Congress endorses economic reforms
NEW DELHI, September 25 (Agencies): The Congress on Tuesday fully endorsed the government’s new economic reform measures, including FDI in multi-brand retail, as party president Sonia Gandhi ruled out any threat to the government.

The endorsement came at the first meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) after the Trinamool Congress walked out of the UPA with the party president saying the government was “stable“.

At the same time, there was a demand in the meeting for steps to allay apprehensions of people regarding the new economic reform measures initiated by the government at a time when elections are due in some states in the next few months.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured the party’s apex decision-making body that the steps being taken for the poor and the disadvantaged will continue in league with the Congress policies for development and welfare of the aam admi.

The meeting of the CWC, which began with opening remarks by Gandhi, saw the government making a strong pitch for reforms with Finance Minister P. Chidambaram making it clear that unless the country’s economic condition is sound, the government is not in a position to implement the flagship programmes of UPA targeted at the poor.

The Prime Minister said that effective steps for welfare of the poor cannot be taken unless the economy is strong.

Explaining the rationale behind the measures, Chidambaram said the government wants that the country should not get affected due to the global economic crisis.

In her opening remarks, Gandhi said that reforms in the economy are “very necessary” and the government has begun the moves in that direction.

The Congress president also slammed the BJP for playing “negative” politics, saying the main opposition party should play the role of a responsible opposition as was done by the Congress when it was not in power.

Congress sources said that there a likelihood of the party organising a rally in Delhi in support of the measures initiated by the government.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was specially called for the meeting, which saw members suggesting that rallies should be held at district level to convince the people about the need to bring in the measures like allowing 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, hiking diesel prices and putting a cap on the supply of subsidised LPG cylinders to households.

While no resolution was adopted after the meeting, the tone and tenor of Gandhi’s speech made it clear that the party was fully behind the government on the issue.

Chidambaram was called to brief the CWC members about the economic reform measures, which led to a political storm culminating in the Trinamool Congress withdrawing support from the ruling alliance.

The CWC meeting came five days after a nation-wide bandh by the opposition in protest against the measures. UPA constituent DMK had also joined the bandh.

Replying to questions, AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said that there was nothing like a dissenting note from any party leader on the economic reform measures.

“No such thing came up in the CWC meeting,” Dwivedi said when asked whether somebody raised a dissenting voice on the government measures like diesel hike and FDI.

There was no discussion on the issue of Telangana, he said.

There were earlier speculation that the party can firm up a view in the CWC meeting on the vexed issue of separate statehood demand.

Though the Congress president did not take any names, sources said Gandhi mentioned in her opening remarks that while one party (Trinamool Congress) has withdrawn support from UPA, two allies (SP and BSP) have reiterated their outside support to the government.

“Government is stable. There is no threat to the government,” Dwivedi quoted Ms. Gandhi as saying in the meeting.

Sources said that a senior party member felt that if possible, the number of subsidised LPG cylinders to each household should be increased.

The CWC was of the view that all precautions should be taken to remove the apprehensions of people on FDI.

Briefing the CWC, Chidambaram said the government has only three options to improve the economy of the country including raising production, increasing investment in the country and cutting on subsidies on which it is working.

After a number of CWC members expressed the view that there is a need to convince people about measures and counter the opposition campaign against the government on the issue, it was decided that the week-long campaign carried out by Union Ministers and senior Congress leaders in different states will be extended further.

The Congress president also expressed sorrow over incidents of communal violence in few states and the violent ethnic clashes in Assam.

AICC general secretary Gulchain Singh Charak, who belongs to Jammu and Kashmir, expressed concern over killings of sarpanches in the state and pointed out tht they have not been given powers though more than one-and-a-half year has passed since panchayat elections were held in the state.

The concern prompted Rahul Gandhi to say that it was a serious matter and required attention. Panchayat elections in J&K took place after a gap of 34 years.

A view was also expressed in the CWC that opposition parties ruling in states are making political capital out of central schemes by passing them as their own initiatives.

One of the leaders raised this in the context of Gujarat, saying posters of Chief Minister Narendra Modi are put up to display work carried out under central government schemes.

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