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Meghalaya should go Delhi way against poor services of Electricity Board

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Sunday accepted the 10,50,000 letters written to her by the Delhi residents over inflated water and power bills following the protest of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at Jantar Mantar. The Delhi residents refused to pay the water and electricity bills for the poor services. Here in Meghalaya the consumers are mute over the similar failure when it comes to electricity supply in the state.
Erstwhile Meghalaya was Power surplus state, and selling the same to Assam and other neighboring states. It is accepted that the consumption of energy power have increased due to the increase of population, and the consumers are now addicted to various appliances for personal, domestic and commercial use alike, and the generation and distribution of electricity have not improved inspite of taking consultancy from various countries including Japan.

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Meghalaya Government must intervene on Chit Fund Fraud

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As it has come to light, even Meghalaya has been duped by the Ponzi scheme of Saradha chit fund scam to the tune of about Rs 21 crore collected from Garo Hills alone. The affected customers met West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi on Saturday to seek the intervention of the Government. Besides Kolkata, Assam was quick to react while Meghalaya Government has so far shown apathy towards the issue which has rocked the whole West Bengal and the nation.
This is not an isolated case where the investors from Meghalaya have been cheated. Be it Chit Fund, Small Saving, Mutual Funds, Home Appliances Schemes or Loan, name any scheme, Meghalaya will be affected. Till date none of the culprits have faced legal action from Meghalaya authorities.

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Unscheduled load shedding throws normal lives off gear

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Although it is an annual phenomenon for the general masses to feel the burden of load shedding, this time the public in the state capital was hit below the belt hard by the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL), who resorted to shutdown without any prior notification or announcement. The duration of the shutdown is in three phases for each area under Shillong Distribution circle.
The consumers in the state have been extremely submissive and cooperative to such load shedding. Except for behaving like paper tigers, expressing their grievances via media, during Board Examination of the students, none have ever demanded any explanation either from the generation or distribution to find out means to tackle such annual low availability of power in the state which seems to entirely depend on the rain God.

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Is Meghalaya devoid of Chit Fund Companies

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi has asked the Assam Police to prepare a report on all Chit Fund Companies operating in the State, including Saradha Group and Rose Valley, so that action can be taken against these companies. A Chit fund is a kind of savings scheme practiced in India, but in Assam, besides other normal Chit Fund ventures, Sardha Group was also investing in Media House since November 2011, and suddenly decided to close down its ventures in Assam. On March 18, 2013 Guwahati Office received an email from the Kolkata office saying that the newspaper will not be printed from April without any prior intimation to any of its employees, making nearly 150 people jobless at one go.

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Meghalaya Government banning tobacco for formality or in spirit

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Health Department along with the counterpart of Tripura will ban the sale, manufacture and distribution of gutka (tobacco-laced areca nut pieces) and pan masala (a chewing mixture), Following the direction of the Union Government, earlier, Supreme Court directed 23 states and five Union Territories to file a status report on the implementation of the notification issued by them banning these products and also asked the remaining states and Union Territories to explain the reasons why  they have not imposed the ban so far and the time they need to do so.

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