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Rana Gurjit Singh

Jalandhar, 3 April 2017 : Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh has said that the Punjab Government would take all necessary steps to provide power on affordable tariffs to the domestic and commercial sectors as promised by the party in its election manifesto. He said, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had already initiated the process to streamline the power supply and make it affordable.

Talking to reporters here today, Rana Gurjit Singh said that the Government has decided to re-examine the purchase agreements regarding power, Inventory and coal, which was made by the previous government.
“The state government has already decided for third party audit to plug all the loopholes in the previous power system. Our sole aim is to improve the functioning of PSPCL and to provide relief to the consumers in the state”, said Rana.

He also made it clear that at first glance power agreements were witnessed gross mismanagement, especially in power purchase and Punjab Government would ensure stern action against the erring officials.

Talking about the present billing system, the Minister said that he has personally received many complaint regarding over charged billing and it was decided by the department to ensure “check and balance” system in the power bills.

Accusing the previous SAD-BJP Government for harassing the common man by not releasing power connections, even from years, the Minister said that he has asked the officials of PSPCL to issue all pending connections in 3 days.

Replying to a question about the demand of industry to provide power at the cost of Rs. 5 per unit, the Minister said that the department has received representation from the various organizations and the matter is under consideration.

Earlier addressing the function, organized by the General Secretary PPCC, Mr. Kuljeet Singh Babbi, the Minister said that the Punjab Government would implement the election manifesto in its true spirit and manner and the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had started working on it from the day one itself.

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