Assam DGP office

The Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) on Sunday issued a clarification after a section of media reported that the office of Assam DGP office is yet to clear electricity dues in crores.

The clarification, issued by the APDCL said: “We have come across a news report published in the digital and social media regarding the electricity bill, which is pending with the Assam’s DGP office.”

“According to the news report, the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) is yet to receive Rs 4.5 crore from this office as electricity revenue.”

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In this regard, the APDCL clarified: “On regular basis, the general administration department of the Assam government centrally clears the electricity dues of nine government departments including irrigation, health, general administration, home and police departments.”

“The electricity bill, issued by the APDCL in the name of the police department, is still with the general administration department and following the necessary process, the APDCL will receive its money like earlier occasions,” the APDCL added.

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The clarification was issued by Abhijit Sarma Barua, chief general manager, customer relations, APDCL.

According to sources, the Assam DGP office is yet to clear an amount of Rs 3,72,07,776 to the APDCL as the electricity bill.

Sources said besides the Assam DGP office, APDCL has pending electricity bill worth Rs 4,29,48,971 with PWD, bill worth Rs 6,39,94,125 with irrigation department, bill worth Rs 26,31,25,241 with public health engineering, bill worth Rs 4,94,08,573 with forest department, bill worth Rs 28,91,587 with IGP Special Branch and bill worth Rs 1,26,70,606 is pending with the directorate of secondary education, Assam up to March this year.

The Assam government registered a total of 611 FIRs for illegal electricity connections and power theft in the month of June.

The APDCL launched a massive drive against power theft and illegal connections at the initiative of chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and power minister Bimal Bora.

During June, the APDCL conducted a total of 1,904 raids against illegal electricity connections.

The power distribution company of Assam received Rs 502 crore from its consumers in June and it is yet to get Rs 220 crore, principal secretary to home and power Niraj Verma and the state director general of police Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta informed reporters recently.

Kalpajyoti Saikia

Kalpajyoti Saikia is Senior Reporter of Northeast Now. He can be reached at: kalpasaikia649@gmail.com