JOSE MARIA MIRANDA, MARGAO
SOME areas of the Margao constituency have been experiencing frequent power outages in the last few weeks, for reasons unknown to people. One wonders whether the concerned subdivision is working at all. On May 30 – incidentally the Goa Statehood Day – in a span of just three hours – between 10.30 am to 1.30 pm – there were power outages over ten times, with the supply not having lasted even for half an hour. One can well imagine the annoyance of the people at such frequency of power interruptions. Perhaps it would have been better not to have had power supply during the entire period rather than have such frequent and long outages which could damage electrical gadgets and other equipment. I am not aware whether Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar is at all aware of these frequent interruptions in power supply, or whether he is solely busy in increasing power tariffs without looking at the quality of service. Or perhaps he is at the moment concentrating on his palatial bungalow and the compound wall, which has come for severe criticism, as it is allegedly illegal. Let’s turn to electricity bills. Will Madkaikar or his chief engineer tell the public which banks accept cheques for payment of power consumption bills? From my information, no banks in Margao and surrounding areas facilitate payment of the power bills. So how can Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar claim that by October 2018 there will be no government cash transactions? It is time the BJP-led government stopped fooling the public.