Itagar, Jan 27: The process of top down approach in installation of Pre paid energy metering system has taken off with installation of pre paid meters in the residents of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretaries and Commissioners.
This is being followed by installation of pre–paid meters in the residents of MLAs, Secretaries, Chief Engineers, Directors and other senior government officers. The top down approach is initiated as per cabinet decision taken on January 16 last.
Meanwhile, the power department informed that there has been steep reduction of power wastage and the electric bills of people who are using minimum electric appliances at homes have also come down drastically wherever the pre paid metering system have been installed, according to an official release.
Meanwhile, reacting to the order issued by the power department secretary for mandatory installation of pre–paid electricity meters (PPEM) by all residents of the capital complex, the Aruchal Civil Society (ACS) today termed the move an ‘eyewash and a mere tactic of divide and rule among the citizens.’
Criticizing the state government and the power department, ACS chairman Patey Tayum in a press release asked the authority concerned to come clear on the electricity bills of ministers and MLAs.