MLA Ranjit alleges irregularities in collecting taxes from non-prepaid meter consumers

Minister Biswajit assures action against guilty staffs

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Alleging irregularity and discrepancy in collecting taxes from the power consumers with no installed prepaid meters, Opposition MLA K Ranjit has urged the Government to initiate action against the erring officials.

Power Minister Th Bishwajit has assured to take necessary action against the erring staffs if found guilty.

Replying to the query raised by MLA K Ranjit during the question hour of the house, Power Minister Th Bishwajit said that 3,35,519 Pre-paid meters have been installed in the state. Prepaid meter is yet to be installed for 1.65 lakh consumers. Government did not procure any Pre-paid meter from April 2017 till January 2020. In the year 2017-18, Rs 13.86 crores could be recovered from the Prepaid meter consumers and Rs.5.19 Cr from the non-Prepaid meter consumers per month while Rs.14.20 Cr and Rs 6.05 Cr could be recovered from both the Prepaid meter consumers and non-Prepaid meter consumers respectively in 2018-19.

Stating that the state government is facing deficit in purchasing Power every month, the minister said that state government spent Rs. 337.26 Cr in 2017-18 and Rs. 396.05 Cr in 2018-19 for purchasing power from the company. MSPDCL receives an annual grant of Rs.10 Cr from the state government. State Government suffered a deficit amounting Rs. 9.06 Cr in 2017-18, Rs. 12.76 Cr in 2018-19 and Rs. 12.89 Cr in 2019-20.

The Opposition MLA alleged some staffs of MSPDC of unauthorized collection of Rs.1000 as taxes from the non-Prepaid meter consumers and drew the attention of the government to take action to prevent such malpractices.

The minister replied that his department has not received any official report about such unauthorized collection of taxes from the non-Prepaid consumers till date and appealed to the MLA to pass information to the Government about such malpractices so that proper action can be initiated against the wrong doers.

He said that under prescribed norms, taxes are collected from the non-Prepaid meter consumers according to the power units they consume. The rate of taxes varies among the consumers. Around two lakhs pre-paid meters for the state will be procured very soon, added the minister.

Relying to a query raised by MLA K Leishiyo, Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip said that Relief and Rehabilitation package have been provided to 806 families affected by the Mapithel Dam project. The Homestead land of 6 villages were submerged in the construction of the dam. The compensation was provided to the affected families after a verification by the Deputy Commissioner concerned. Of the total list of affected families, 56 families of Chadong village are yet to be provided RR Package, for which the process is going on at present. The land for construction of the dam was acquired through land Acquisition act, 1984, Forest Conservation act 1980 and R&R package 1990&1998, added the minister.

He said that some villages refused to receive compensation on the ground that the amount is low. Compensation was provided to the affected villages under some categories and such as the amount varies each other.

Replying to a query raised by MLA O Surajkumar, RD & PR Minister Th Bishwajit said that the average number of days of employment provided under MGNREGS out of the mandatory 100 days during the current financial year is 31.58 days.

Of the total available fund amounting Rs. 42610.44 lakhs for the fiscal year 2019-20, Rs.31388.9 lakhs have been utilized.

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