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Meghalaya govt compromising India’s security with China-made smart meters: TMC

He added, “These Chinese smart meters are SIM-based and connected to the grid, the ramifications of a Chinese hacker attack would be felt across the entire electricity grid.”

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Shillong: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday accused the Meghalaya government for playing with the security of not just Meghalaya but of the entire country by installing SIM card-based Chinese smart meters on the electricity network in the state.

“These Chinese smart meters pose a great risk to the infrastructure of Meghalaya where Chinese hackers can shut down electricity, compromise user data, and tamper with electric supply across the entire state,” TMC Spokesperson, Saket Gokhale said.

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He added, “These Chinese smart meters are SIM-based and connected to the grid, the ramifications of a Chinese hacker attack would be felt across the entire electricity grid.”

Calling upon the State government to explain to the people of Meghalaya and India as to why such a great risk has been taken with the security of the state’s infrastructure, Gokhale demanded that former State Power Minister James Sangma and the Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Power

Prestone Tynsong to come clean and answer to the people of Meghalaya.

“James Sangma and Prestone Tynsong must come clean on why they lied brazenly to the people of Meghalaya and compromised the infrastructure security of the state by installing Chinese smart meters without security approval and in violations of the rules established by the Union Govt of India on the usage of Chinese equipment,” the TMC Spokesperson demanded.

Gokhale said that TMC will not tolerate the state government compromising the security of the people of Meghalaya just to fill up their own pockets.

In the past, Tynsong had rubbished Gokhale’s allegation and said, the installation of smart meters was carried out following REC’s approval.

“The REC is the technical agency of the Government of India. It will check whether this material is genuine or not and if in good condition or not. They will certify,” Tynsong had said.

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