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MPs as power transformers

Patna, April 20: Members of Parliament (MPs) can now recommend purchase of distribution transformers from their local area development funds to replace burnt ones.

The decision would help the leaders suggest installation of new transformers rather than wait for government officials. “The decision has been taken to tide over the problem of burnt transformers. It would solve the problem of lack of distribution transformers,” energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said.

The government has also initiated a proposal to empower MLAs to recommend the purchase of transformers. The minister said: “We have moved a proposal in this regard.”

The MPs get Rs 5 crore under the local area development fund scheme and each MP can suggest to the district magistrate/collector for works to be initiated to the tune of Rs 5 crore per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency.

Similarly, MLAs and MLCs get Rs 1 crore under the Chief Minister Area Development scheme. Under the scheme, legislators can recommend the execution of development schemes up to Rs 1 crore in their respective constituencies.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has time and again directed his officials to get burnt transformers replaced within 24 and 72 hours in urban and rural areas, respectively.

Nitish had also vowed to the people that he would not seek votes in the Assembly elections if he fails to provide power to every household by October-November 2015, when the polls are due.

The power holding company has already floated tenders for inviting bids from interested parties for constructing 13 new transformer repairing workshop in the state.

These proposed workshops are expected to be made operational in the next six months.