KSU asks government to clear the air on move to shift NEEPCO out of Shillong
The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) has said that there will be loss of employment and livelihood of local people should the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) be allowed to shift its office from Shillong to Guwahati. The union has asked the state government to clear the air on the matter.
“The Union will take a call on its future course of action in case there is such a move to shift the NEEPCO’s office to other states,” said Shiningstar Kharbihkhiew, assistant education secretary of KSU.
A delegation of the KSU central body visited the NEEPCO office on Monday but couldn’t meet the chairman and managing director as they weren’t available. The union leaders, however, did meet the chief general manager of the corporation, J.N. Singh and sought clarification of the matter. Singh, on his part, stated that no such talks have been had, said Kharbihkhiew, informing that majority of those working in the corporation are engaged as contractual and casual workers.
Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong also claimed no knowledge of NEEPCO's alleged shift. Tynsong said he would inquire about the details of the move should the news be true.
Rumours of NEEPCO's shift have been around since March 2020. The chairman and managing director, other functional directors and senior executives of the corporation already function outside of Meghalaya. The Union says that operations and maintenance, corporate planning, corporate project monitoring and contract and procurement all take place from Guwahati under the pretext of "smooth functioning", but without any administrative order from the Ministry of Power.
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