CBI should investigate SOUTHCO for corruption and irregularities

Mr.Dhayanidhi Sahu (Center) addressing the press conference
along with Mr.Binod Mahapatra (L) and Mr. Kiran Kumar Patnaik (R)
Jeypore September 25: The Southern Electricity Supply Company of Orissa Ltd (SOUTHCO) an associate company of Reliance Energy group, has failed in every aspect of fulfilling the customer requirements and solving their problems said Mr. Dhayanidhi Sahu, the President of the Southern Odissa Development Council, here on Sunday.
Addressing a press conference at Ruturaj Kalyan Mandap in Parabeda on Sunday afternoon, Engineer Dhayanidhi Sahu made severe allegations against SOUTHCO. He accused that SOUTHCO is robbing the consumers for the sake of company benefits. He said, SOUTHCO is ignoring government rules and regulations in every field like power cuts, maintenance of transformers, recycling of oil in transformers and in consumer billing etc. He objected the decision of some ministers and BJD MLAs from southern Orissa recommending the extension of tenure of Mr.Tapan Kumar Mishra, CEO of SOTHCO comapny. Mishra's term expires on 30th September and several corruption allegations are there against him. He has demanded a CBI probe into the alleged corruption and irregularities in SOUTHCO and requested to take strict action against the corrupt officials. According to him the levels of corruption in Orissa has been soaring and escalating in recent years. There are frequent and irregular power cuts and low voltage problem in South Orissa, despite the region being the largest producer of electricity in the state, he expressed his agony. He accused the state government for shifting the proposed aluminum factory project to Talcher by quoting electricity problem, thus by effecting the progress and development of the region. He said that they are going to launch a people revolution in October, by creating awareness among the people about electricity woes in South Orissa. He also said that they are going to file a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) in the Court over the issue. The South Orissa Vikash Parishat Secreatry Mr. Kiran Kumar Patnaik and Organizer Mr.Binod Mahapatra took part in the press conference.  

Read Jeypore Times Special article on SOUTHCO

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