| Members of Meghalaya Treasury Account Service Association hand over a cheque to chief minister Mukul Sangma for the CM’s relief fund in Shillong on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Shillong, Aug. 13: The Meghalaya government today gave its nod to the constitution of the State Human Rights Commission. It also agreed to increase the borrowing power of the cash-strapped Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL).
The twin decisions were taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Mukul M. Sangma, here this evening.
The human rights commission, Sangma said, would be chaired by a person who has served as Chief Justice. He added that members would include a judge who has served in the high court or has been a district judge for at least seven years and is an expert on human rights issues. The secretary will be appointed to look after its functioning.
Meghalaya is one of the few states that hitherto did not have a human rights commission. All along, the National Human Rights Commission has been intervening in matters of human rights violation.
Moreover, the cabinet decided to increase the borrowing power of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited to Rs 1,910 crore.
Earlier, the corporation’s borrowing limit was only Rs 850 crore, and till date, it has borrowed Rs 1,290 crore.
“It does not mean that MeECL will start borrowing to reach that borrowing limit, but it would be based on their investment plan and strategy,” Sangma clarified.
Recently, the corporation had to pay a few crores of rupees to the National Thermal Power Corporation, after the latter threatened to discontinue power supply in view of the former’s inability to clear dues on time.
At the same time, the chief minister expressed concern over pending liabilities of the corporation. He said it had to improve the efficiency level of all its three entities —generation, transmission and distribution.