Ending 'VIP culture', Assam CM to pay own electricity bills

Guwahati, Jun 17 (IANS): Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday announced that the state government has decided to end the 'VIP culture' rule in paying power bills of senior government officials including the ministers.

CM Sarma said that from July 1, he will also pay the electricity bills of his residence.

"In the last 75 years after India got Independence, no Chief Minister in Assam had paid power bills on their own and the state government took the burden of paying it. Even though I was also enjoying free electricity for the last three years and I was unaware of the fact," he said.

Sarma said that soon after came to know that from a particular fund of the state government, the bills were paid, he issued an order to install electricity meters in the Chief Minister's residence.

He mentioned that all the ministers in the state will pay their own power bills starting July 1.

The senior government officials including those working in the state secretariat will have to pay bills for their own electricity consumption.

"We have already informed the senior state government officials about not getting free electricity anymore if they are staying at the quarters," the Chief Minister added.

He asserted that this decision will ease the burden of the state government and the power department will not have to hike the electricity tariffs.

Sarma said that to set an example, he and the Chief Secretary of the state will start paying their electricity bills from July 1 onwards.

Taking to his X handle, the Chief Minister wrote: "We are ending the #VIPCulture rule of paying electricity bills of Government officials using taxpayer money.

"Myself and the Chief Secretary will set an example and start paying our power bills from July 1 onwards. Beginning July 2024, all public servants will have to pay for their own electricity consumption," he added.



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  • prema, indian

    Mon, Jun 17 2024

    Quote "Even though I was also enjoying free electricity for the last three years and I was unaware of the fact," Unquote. What a joke? Are elections round the corner in Assam? BJPees' are unaware about anything sensible or how a state or country is governed ..... they are only aware to malign other party members and spread hatred amongst the general public and false narrative through WhatsApp University.

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Mon, Jun 17 2024

    Implement this in every state. Take an Inventory of ACs installed in Politicians' houses and make them pay. This will set an example for common man?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Jun 17 2024

    Will he buy his own Vegetables ...

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 17 2024

    If politicians pay electricity bills VIP culture will diminish? What a joker? Let them go to local veg market without security and media!

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  • Mohammed Atiq, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 17 2024

    Under educated person should know there is security protocol which needs to be followed after all he is the CM and not a madrasa chaap maulvi

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