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Darkness in govt offices over dues

Dhubri, Aug. 7: The Dhubri sub-divisional office of the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd is cracking down on government offices defaulting on payments by disconnecting power lines.

The total dues run upto Rs 1 crore, sources said.

The power lines of many government offices here, including Dhubri district PHE and agriculture offices, have been disconnected, an APDCL official here said. Though the power line of Dhubri civil hospital, the highest defaulter with dues of Rs 55 lakh, has not been disconnected yet, the management is worried as its bills of past six years remain unpaid, a source said.

Asked why the bills had not been paid, an official of the hospital said the bills were not paid by civil hospitals directly but by the office of the state director of health in Guwahati. “We send the bills to the office of the state director of health, which pays them when the government releases the funds. However, bills of other civil hospitals are found to be paid almost regularly. It is not known why the bills of Dhubri civil hospital were not paid,” he added.

APDCL Dhubri sub-divisional engineer Champak Mishra said they would continue the operation to improve revenue collection. “There is no way out other than disconnect the lines to realise the payment of bills,” he added.

He also said all old meters would be replaced by new ones in 67 towns of the state and that work in Dhubri town will start in a couple of days.