Shillong, March 26: Responding to the demand made by the UDP for removal from the post, Power Minister James Sangma on Friday stated that he understands the concern of the UDP but added that their approach was misdirected.
He further asserted that although the party’s approach was genuine but it should be directed not to the Government of the day but towards those who are responsible for the crisis in MeECL.
“I would like to say that their concerns are very genuine but their approach is misdirected, I think the approach should have been that this is dues of the previous so many years when you look at it cumulatively this kind of dues which has accumulated over the years one cannot expect that the solution can be arrived at within very short period of two to three years, ” Sangma said.
“What we need is we all work collectively, the Government is trying is best to find solution to the problems that are there but then we need support of the public, ” he added.
Shrugging off his responsibility at the time when everyone pointing their fingers towards the power Minister for his failure, James Sangma said, “if there is any need to be blamed then we should blame those people who are responsible for these outstanding dues which has accumulated over these years, we need to directed towards those who signed those faulty power projects agreements..”
Earlier, NEEPCO regulated Power supply in the state after the Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL) failed to clear outstanding dues of Rs 504.41 crore. Prior to this NTPC too regulated the Power supply. Continuing it’s blame game, the Government claimed previous dues and faulty power agreement as the main cause of this but the documents available always says a different tale.