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VIPs, officials urged to conserve energy
STAFF Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Sept 19 – Asking the ministers, IAS officers, MLAs and other Government officials to adhere to the energy conservation norms by consuming metered electricity, the Mahanagar Unnayan Samitee today said that unrestricted electricity consumption should not be allowed even to the Government’s bigwigs.

The Samitee has written to the chief electrical adviser of the State Government stressing the need of safety of electrical installations and energy conservation.

“At a time when the Government is spending so much on energy conservation awareness campaigns and it has become a global concern today, various Government quarters in Dispur capital complex and IAS Colony do not have metered electricity service,” said Samitee president Subodh Sarma.

As the trend is being followed in all Government installations in district and sub divisional levels also, APDCL supplies power in such installations in bulk. Moreover, the metering is also done as bulk consumer and the bill is paid by the State exchequer.

“These unmetered electricity consumers from top to bottom levels are enjoying unrestricted power consumption against a pittance deducted from their salaries as electricity dues. And the ministers and MLAs do not even pay anything in this head, this practice violates the basic tenets of energy conservation,” he added.

Further raising the issue of safety of electrical installations, the organisation said that frequent deaths caused by electrocution in the city shows serious lapse in implementing the security measures. Interrupting devices like Miniature Circuit Breaker or Moulded Case Circuit Breaker to disconnect electricity during fault condition should be made mandatory in electrical installations in public places.

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