The United Democratic Party (UDP) is in favour of an independent inquiry to unearth the truth into all the allegations and counter-allegations of mismanagement and scams in the MeECL to ensure the smooth functioning of the power sector.
Reacting to reports on scams and corruption in the corporation, and continued agitations by the employees, UDP General Secretary Jemino Mawthoh said, “All these are indications that all is not well with the functioning of the power sector.”
Reiterating that the party did not seek the removal of Power Minister, James Sangma from the cabinet but to suggest for change in portfolio, Mawthoh said this would pave way for the anomalies to be rectified.
“We have to point fingers to those at the helm of affairs who are supposed to be the driving force to bring about corrective measures in the functioning of the MeECL,” he added.
Pointing out that the State was once a power surplus state during the 70s and 80s and 2014-2016 as efforts were made by the then management to improve the efficiency in terms of administration and finance, Mawthoh said it was a fact that problems in the MeECL was inherited from past governments.
However, the UDP leader said the blame culture will not help the State. “In fact, as leaders, we need to take up the challenges and for this, what is required is to put a team with managerial and financial skills to ease the burden of MeECL,” he added.