Assam CM Ends Free Electricity for VIPs: Ministers and Public Servants to Pay Their Own Bills
Assam CM Ends Free Electricity for VIPs: Ministers and Public Servants to Pay Their Own Bills

ASSAM: In a significant move to end VIP culture in Assam, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that starting from July 1, all ministers and public servants, including himself, will have to pay their own electricity bills. This decision aims to eliminate the free electricity facility previously enjoyed by government officials.

Announcing the change on the social media platform X, CM Sarma emphasized his commitment to setting an example by being the first to pay his electricity bill on July 1. He stated, "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."

This new policy is expected to help the state's electricity board reduce its losses by ensuring that all public servants, government officials, employees, and ministers pay for their own electricity usage from July 1.

In addition to this policy change, the Assam government has launched a program to automatically disconnect electricity at all government offices (except for the CM Secretariat, Home, and Finance Departments) at 8 PM. This initiative has already been implemented in 8,000 government offices, schools, and other institutions across the state.

Furthermore, CM Sarma mentioned the government's long-term goal of transitioning all government establishments to solar power, starting with medical colleges and universities across Assam.

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