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BJP seeks clarity on pre-paid meters

 ITANAGAR, Jan 12 – Arunachal Pradesh BJP has demanded the State Government to come out clear on the ongoing installation of pre-paid electric meters in the State capital which has created confusion among the people.

“The State Government should clarify its stand through a white paper on the terms and conditions of the contract awarded to the company installing pre-paid meters and on the expenditure to be incurred in the entire process,” party’s Chief Spokesman RK Khrimey said here.

He said, the party was not against the new technology but wondered on the manner the State Government hurriedly took the decision. The basic idea was to stop power pilferage that cost the State exchequer but there was public outcry over rise of power rent, he said.

“If the government is so serious to lessen power pilferage, the Power department should first install such meters at the residences of Governor, Chief Minister, Minister, MLAs and top bureaucrats and technocrats on trial basis to convince the common people,” he said.

Demanding for a immediate halt in the ongoing process, Khrimey said that the party would soon meet the Governor seeking his intervention on the issue.

The Power department has launched the pilot project in the State capital from November 10 last at a total cost of Rs 85 crore. So far, a total of 600 meters have been installed and the department is targeting to cover 3,000 consumers by March next. – PTI

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