GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that the 2019 APDCL examination has been cancelled and will be conducted again.
Addressing a press meet, the chief minister on Saturday said that the exams will be conducted again.
It may be noted here that a Special team of CMs Vigilance group, conducted special operations around Guwahati. As per sources, 10 people have been apprehended till now in connection with the APDCL recruitment scam.
3 persons have been arrested from Jalukbari, 4 from Basistha, 1 from Chandmari and 2 from Dispur.
APDCL OSD Dipankar Dehingia was among the ten arrested persons. Dipankar has been working as an officer on special duty at the APDCL since 2006.
The official report stated that Dehingia was in charge of the APDCL exam. Moreover, he formulated the question paper of the said exam.
Further, the CM vigilance team raided Shashank Saikia's residence. The team had recovered many important pieces of evidence during the raid.
The CM vigilance team stated that we hope to get more evidence related to the scam in the coming days.
Meanwhile, APDCL is still running under loss. Talking to The Sentinel, a top APDCL official said, "At the beginning of August this year, we had arrears dues of Rs 2,352 crore. Now we have reduced it to Rs 2,086 crore after the recovery of Rs 267 crore. We have taken measures, including fines for late payment of power bills.
"Even now, only around 60 per cent of the total consumers are paying power bills regularly. Unless 90-100 per cent of consumers pay power bills regularly, outstanding arrears dues will continue to stay. However, that will take time.