Imphal: The solution to unemployment in any society is industrialisation, and without power and energy development cannot be brought, Manipur power minister Thongam Biswajit Singh said on Tuesday.
Biswajit was speaking at the closing ceremony of the National Energy Conservation Week-2021 held at Hotel Imphal.
The National Energy Conservation Week 2021, organised by the Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (SDA Manipur), was commenced on December 9 under the motto “Conserve Energy, Save the Future” and concluded on this day.
The Imphal-Mariani via Kohima transmission ring stringing has been completed. There will be no shortage of power in the State, Biswajit said.
Explaining the benefits of UJALA scheme, he said, under the scheme, LED bulbs and tube-lights are provided to consumers on subsidised rates to replace the incandescent and inefficient bulbs. This has helped in reduction of power bills, saving energy, enhanced brightness and reduction in emission of toxic gases like carbon dioxide, he added.
He said the introduction of prepaid meter in the state has also resulted in energy saving and further explained that once prepaid meter is installed, consumers realise that more usage of power means higher power bills and as such wastage of energy has been reduced.
”If our consumers continue to use power efficiently, we will reduce our own power bills as well as contribute to conserving energy,” he said.
The minister highlighted that in 2017 the State’s Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses was 45.6 percent, but it has been reduced to 20.5 percent.
He said the Prime Minister’s vision of a Self Reliant India or New India cannot be achieved without making Manipur Self Reliant. He highlighted the Prime Minister’s idea of National Aspiration through Regional Aspiration.
Biswajit expressed his desire to see the two power companies as resourceful companies and take major roles in bringing development to the state.
In his message to the young students, Biswajit said there can be no success without hard work.
He said that activities conducted during the National Energy Conservation Week including the essay writing, painting competitions, cycle rally, etc, are trying to spread a message to conserve energy.