Meghalaya: Inquiry into alleged scams in power sector underway, says CM Conrad
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday informed that the inquiry into the alleged scams in the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) and its subsidiaries are underway. He, however, mentioned that the probe panel has requested more manpower and a proper space to work in New Delhi.
"I have not spoken to them individually but I was informed that the inquiry is in progress," he said, briefing the press after a cabinet meeting in Shillong.
He also informed that since the terms of reference are very broad, "it will take some time” for the panel to submit its report.
Earlier, the opposition Congress had expressed doubts and dissatisfaction at the pace at which the independent inquiry committee is going.
Reacting to allegations of "irregularities" in the installation of smart meters, the Chief Minister said installation and activation of the smart meters are two different things. He maintained that the installation has been done for all but activation, which requires metering to start, is yet to be completed due to "multiple reasons".
"But that does not lead to non-installation. It is a question of how one looks at it and I think it is wrong to twist the words," Sangma said, adding that an inquiry committee is probing the issue and soon, all the facts will be ascertained. “We are confident of the outcome because work was done in a proper manner,” he said.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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