Jowai, June 8: The Jaintia Students’ Union (JSU) today prevented the employees of the Rural Electrification Corporation Power Distribution Company (REC PDCL) from visiting the office of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) at Jowai town in West Jaintia Hills district.
Members of the JSU led by its president Jersome Shylla, on being informed immediately went to the MeECL office and asked the REC PDCL employees to leave immediately, a statement issued by the Union said.
It said that the JSU has also questioned the government as to how these REC PDCL employees hailing from outside the state were allowed to freely visit Jaintia Hills during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Union also said the motive of the power department is suspicious as representatives of the companies continue to visit the district despite the move to privatize MeECL has been opposed by political leaders and NGOs.
It added that such unregulated entry of people could be fatal to the local people in view of the rise in Covid-19 cases.
Meanwhile, the JSU reiterated its strong opposition against the idea of privatisation of MeECL and its firms as it threatened to resort to agitation if the state government fail to pay any heed to the union’s demand.