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Smart meters, Saubhagya to come under probe ambit: CM    

Shillong, Sept 13:  Chief Minister Conrad  Sangma on Monday said the issues related to smart meters and Saubhagya will come under the ambit of  inquiry commission dealing with the MeECL affairs.

“The terms of reference of the inquiry committee are very broad and it will cover allegations related to the Saubhagya scheme and smart meter projects,” he said.

Retired Allahabad High Court judge RN Mishra has been entrusted to probe the MeECL anomalies after he replaced another retired judge of the same court, Ifaqat Ali Khan who declined the task following an accident.

While the retired IAS officer Manoj Kumar is the administrative member of the commission, retired executive director, REC Sunil Kumar is the technical member.

Besides examining the alleged anomalies in the implementation of Saubhagya scheme, the panel will also probe the tender and procurement, aggregate technical and commercial losses and the recruitment procedures of MeECL and its subsidiaries among others.

To a question, the chief minister said the inquiry is going on and the committee had requested for more manpower, proper space to sit, machines and equipment.

“Therefore, it is going on in full swing but I have not spoken to them individually but information that has come to me is that the inquiry is very much in progress,” he said.

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