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Assam CM Declares “End of VIP Culture”: Public Servants to Pay Their Own Electricity Bills Starting July

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Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has introduced a major reform concerning the electricity expenses of government officials. Effective July 1, both Sarma and the Chief Secretary will cover these costs out of their own pockets, ending a long-standing practice of using taxpayer money for this purpose.

In a post on social media platform X, Sarma announced that starting in July 2024, all public servants in Assam will be responsible for paying their own electricity bills. He highlighted that for the past 75 years, these expenses have been borne by the government.

This announcement came alongside the launch of the Janata Bhawan Solar Project in Guwahati, which features a 2.5-megawatt solar power system at the state Secretariat. The project aims to reduce the government’s monthly electricity expenditure, which had been around Rs. 30 lakh. Sarma noted that the savings from this initiative will enable better allocation of resources toward social welfare programs.

Furthermore, the Chief Minister encouraged other government institutions, starting with medical colleges and universities, to adopt solar power solutions.

In a related directive, the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) has been instructed to ensure that all state government employees settle their electricity bills before receiving their June salaries. This directive requires employees to provide a “no dues payable” certificate for their electricity bills, promoting financial accountability and responsible conduct among public servants.

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