Monthly power expenditure reaches Rs 20 crore, says Ibobi

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IMPHAL, March 2: The state is spending an amount of Rs 20 crore monthly in purchasing power, whereas could collect only Rs 5 crore in revenue from the consumers, said state chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh while attending the 9th birth anniversary of Madrasa Madidtu Aisa-Wa Darul Yatama, Sangaiyumpham as the chief guest.

Further in his speech, the chief minister observed that the power consumers still lack the habit of clearing their taxes.

He explained that the reason behind the removal of transformers from Thoubal and Khangabok constituencies was unavoidable as part of the outstanding bill recovery task of the department.

The chief minister further claimed, “There are certain elements keeping a watchful eye on me and what I have done during my 15 years tenure as the chief minister of Manipur.”

Even if my government cannot transform Manipur into heaven there are visible signs that efforts have been made in the field of education, health sector and other sectors, claimed Ibobi adding that it was not possible without the co-operation of the public.      

He further clarified regarding the fall-out of last year’s inspection tour at Mantripukhri (to develop to special economy zone) was a misunderstanding and not intended to offend any particular community or religion.

Meanwhile, he pointed out that the state requires 200 MW of electricity however experts are of the view that the requirement may increase to 600 MW within the next 5 to 10 years.

He appealed the people to extend their co-operation to the Government by inculcating the habit of paying taxes inroder to overcome the impending factor.

The programme was also attended by Lok Sabha MP, Thangso Baite, Agriculture Minister, Abdul Nasir, Parliamentary Secretary Amin Shah, Rajya Sabha MP Abdul Salam, Kangabok MLA, O Landhoni and leaders of the congress party.

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