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Power Dept pulled up for ‘criminal negligence’

Mawphlang electrocution case

SHILLONG: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on Thursday lashed out at the Power Department for its “criminal negligence” that to led the death of six members of a family from electrocution in Mawphlang on October 27.
“We want to clearly establish that the department has been responsible for criminally neglecting its responsibility,” said the PAC Chairman Paul Lyngdoh during the committee’s sitting on Thursday.
He said specific reports on the electrocution, which claimed a five-month pregnant woman and her five children, will have to be presented. “We are extremely disturbed by the performance of the Department and we will ask for a specific report on the tragedy as we feel that the safety of residents in the state has been compromised,” he added.
Taking note of the numerous complaints, Lyngdoh told reporters, “The PAC will summon the officials of the Power Department as it has failed to cater to the consumers in a number of ways. This will give more clarity and show where things have gone wrong.”
On the State government’s decision to pay Rs 1 lakh to each member of the immediate family of the victims, Lyngdoh said, “We feel that the amount is a pittance.”

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