Imphal: Power Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh, Tuesday, said that the solution to unemployment in any society is industrialisation and that without power and energy industrialization is not possible. The Minister was speaking at the closing ceremony of the National Energy Conservation Week-2021 Tuesday at Hotel Imphal, Sangai Hall.
The National Energy Conservation Week 2021, organised by the Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (SDA Manipur), commenced on December 9 under the motto “Conserve Energy, Save the Future” and concluded today.
Speaking as the chief guest of the function, the Minister said that the Imphal-Mariani via Kohima transmission ring stringing has been completed. There will be no shortage of power in the state, he assured.
Explaining the benefits of the UJALA scheme, he said under the scheme, LED bulbs and tube lights are provided to consumers at subsidised rates to replace the incandescent and inefficient bulbs. This has helped in the reduction of power bills, saving energy, enhanced brightness and reduction in emission of toxic gases like CO2.
He further said that the introduction of prepaid meters in the state has also resulted in energy-saving and further explained that once the prepaid meter is installed, consumers realize that more usage of power means higher power bills and as such wastage of energy has been reduced.
He continued that if our consumers continue to use power efficiently, we will reduce our own power bills as well as contribute to conserving energy.
Minister Biswajit further highlighted that in 2017 the state’s Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses was 45.6 per cent, but it has been reduced to 20.5 per cent now.
He also said that we cannot achieve the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of a Self Reliant India or New India without making Manipur Self Reliant. He also highlighted the Prime Minister’s idea of National Aspiration through Regional Aspiration.
In his message to the young students, Thongam Biswajit Singh said that there can be no success without hard work. He impressed upon them the need to imbibe positivity to succeed in life. “We should also understand our responsibilities towards society”, he added.
Power Secretary Dr Shailesh Kumar Chourasia said that the National Energy Conservation Week is very important for everyone. He said we should not only observe it for a week but try to incorporate it into our day-to-day life so as to bring any change.
It may be mentioned that prizes for the painting and essay writing competitions conducted during the National Energy Conservation Week-2021 were also distributed. Managing Director, MSPCL N.Sarat Singh, MSPDCL Ng. Subhas Chandra Singh, Executive Director (Technical) MSPDCL Hijam Shantikumar Singh among others also attended the function.