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HC asks govt to act

Ranchi, Dec. 6: Jharkhand High Court today directed the Arjun Munda government and the electricity board to take immediate steps to restore power in the state, initiating a suo motu PIL to ensure an early solution to the imbroglio.

Chief Justice Prakash Tatia and Justice Jaya Roy directed JSEB chairman S. N. Verma and the chief secretary to take action and ensure that the situation was brought under control after a lawyer informed the judges about the flash strike by JSEB employees against the boardís decision to hand over distribution responsibilities to two private firms in Ranchi and Jamshedpur.

The court hear the case tomorrow.

Before the beginning of the dayís proceedings, advocate Rajeev Kumar told the court that the strike had disrupted power supply throughout the state.

ďThere is no electricity since yesterday evening and there are problems in pumping water. In an urban set up, everything depends on power and its absence will bring life to a standstill, ď he added.

The bench then observed that strike had plunged the capital and other districts into darkness after JSEB union members went on strike holding the state to ransom.

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